Citi Trends, a longtime clothing retailer at 483-485 King St. on the peninsula, has closed. Patrick Price of Primesouth Group LLC said the Savannah-based chain’s former space will be temporarily used as an office for an unidentified technology firm.
In the meantime, Primesouth will conduct a study to determine the building’s next long-term use.
Price said the 12,000-square-foot space between Morris and Radcliffe streets is ideal for another retailer, but the results of the study may call for expansion of the property.
Burgers, brews, etc.
Summerville’s getting a new burger joint this week.
Smashburger plans to open Wednesday at 210 Azalea Square Blvd., Suite A, just off U.S. Highway 17A. Company founder Tom Ryan said more Charleston area locations are likely to follow.
Since opening its first location in Denver in 2007, Smashburger has added more than 220 stores. It made its S.C. debut in December.
Although Smashburger serves salads, chicken sandwiches and Haagen-Dazs shakes, it primarily promotes itself as a burger purveyor. Customers order at a counter, but the food’s delivered by a staffer. Ryan described a Smashburger meal as a social occasion, enhanced by wine and beer served in frosted mugs. The chain strives to offer local craft beers that pair with its burgers, but Ryan said Charleston beer’s program is still in the works.
“We’ll get to that within the next year,” he promised.
Ryan said the Summerville menu will list “local sodas” (Sundrop and Cheerwine).
McAlister’s Deli is looking to expand. The fast-casual restaurant plans to add 17 new restaurants in South Carolina, Georgia and Indiana, with one new location slated for the Charleston region.
DMAC81 LLC, a franchisee with 10 restaurants in the chain, will open three McAlister’s in the Palmetto and Peach states. The Charleston location has not been announced. Alpharetta, Ga.-based McAlister’s has three restaurants in the region: in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Summerville.
The George Gallery will join the handful of upscale businesses in Elliottborough on Friday, when it opens for a reception 5-8 p.m. at 50 Bogard St. As the first and only art gallery on the street, The George occupies a renovated building that most recently operated as a church, said owner Anne Siegfried.
The gallery will display contemporary works inspired by the abstract and expressionist movements. Featured artists are mostly regional, including one Summerville-based artist, Evan Armstrong.
The gallery will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
The Charleston Children’s Boutique at 92 Folly Road on James Island is closing. All merchandise at the boutique is on sale for 50 percent off until its final day of business on Oct. 5. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Service above self
Shama Winston-Ford, a Clinique counter manager with Belk at Citadel Mall, was one of six regional recipients of the Award of Excellence presented by the Charlotte-based department store operator this month for excellent community service and job performance.
Winston-Ford heads a foundation to raise awareness about car seats and child passenger safety. The award includes a trophy, $500 prize and $500 to donate to a charity of her choice, which is Midland Park Community Ministries.
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