James Island will soon see a new sports equipment store. Birmingham, Ala.-based Hibbett Sporting Goods has leased a site in Island Plaza shopping center at 1291 Folly Road. Opening this fall, the store will add to the 34 other locations across South Carolina.
It will be between Burke’s Outlet and Food Lion grocery store, three doors down from Gold’s Gym. The nearest Hibbett stores are in Walterboro and Georgetown.
All told, the company operates 894 full-line sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, mostly in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.
It offers athletic equipment, footwear and apparel, with a focus on the needs of local teams and leagues.
An Atlanta-based draught beer store will soon open in Mount Pleasant. Crafty Draught plans to open an 1,125-square-foot shop at 1965 Riviera Drive, Suite 5, in The Shoppes at Seaside Farms, according to The Beach Co. It will offer 20 rotating craft beers on tap and in growlers to go.
Back in time
What was once Mercury Bar — a dance club with modern architecture, DJ’s and neon lights — is now Prohibition, a restaurant and bar with live music, dancing and food inspired by the Roaring ’20s.
New co-owners James Walsh and Jon Teevan have redesigned the space at 547 King St. on the peninsula to reflect a more rustic ambience with remade decor and jazz-era entertainment. Mercury’s Stephen Thompson remains executive chef. Prohibition is open for business and offering sample menus. The full menu will be released Sept. 26.
Gas and go
Jupiter Holdings wants to build a new convenience store and gas station at 1740 Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley. The proposed project will go before Charleston’s Design Review Board at 5 p.m. Sept. 26.
Check it out
A Checkers restaurant is going up at Yeaman’s Hall and Remount roads in Hanahan where a transmission shop once stood. No word on an opening date. Other Checkers are located in North Charleston and Summerville.
The owner of Charleston Scooter Co. at 844 Savannah Highway in the Avondale area of West Ashley wants to turn part of the operation into a restaurant and bar.
But they have one problem: parking. Apparently, the restaurants and bars in the area use the property at night for valet parking and other people park along neighborhood streets. And because of setback requirements by the county (the property is not inside city limits), the site cannot support the required number of parking spaces, according to Charleston County officials.
The owner has asked for a variance to reduce the right-of-way buffer from 20 feet to 10 feet.
The proposed new business was to go before Charleston County Board of Zoning Appeals this month, but the item was deferred.
On the way
The space previously occupied by Dog & Duck Food and Spirits in Orange Grove Plaza in West Ashley has been leased. The Beach Bar LLC has leased 4,644 square feet at 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Renovation work is underway and a sign out front states it will open soon.
GDC Home is doing a little home improvement of its own. The home furnisher is having a mural painted on the side of its store at 1290 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley
Visitors will recognize David Boatwright’s work from other murals such as the one for Hominy Grill, Grow Food and The Station at Freshfields Village.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.