The vacant big-box building on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston that once housed Sam's Club before it moved next to the Tanger Outlet Center is being renovated for a new home-decor store.

Houston-based Garden Ridge plans to move into the space in Aviation Square, according to people familiar with the expansion.

The 53-store chain offers a broad assortment of furniture, framed art, home textiles, decorative accessories, holiday decorations and garden decor.

Garden Ridge is privately held by AEA Investors of New York. Neither the company nor its investors responded to requests for comment about the new store at 6185 Rivers Ave.

The chain's website gives little indication of the new store, except for a hint of one in the Charleston area. In a selection among South Carolina sites in the query section, it offers a choice of Charleston or Greenville, where the other store is located.

The building under renovation measures about 104,000 square feet and is next door to Virginia College. Benderson Development Co., which is leasing the property, could not be reached for comment.

Garden Ridge was started in 1979 as Garden Ridge Pottery.

Food lines

The Starfish Grille will close Saturday, but the restaurant site on James Island won't stay vacant long. Owner Justin Parfrey plans to reopen the restaurant at 520 Folly Road near Harbor View Road with a new concept called Salty Waters Rawbar & Grill either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The former Huddle House in St. Stephen is now the Happy House restaurant. Owned by Kim Dye, the home-style restaurant at 3980 Byrnes Drive near the Post Office offers breakfast, lunch and dinner except on Sunday.

Eileen's restaurant at 10597 Dorchester Road, near Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville, recently closed. A new Japanese-style restaurant reportedly will occupy the site.

Best Chefs in America has opened its headquarters on the second floor of 218 King St. The annual publication profiles top chefs and their restaurants and will be the “ultimate chef's guide to chefs,” according to Best Chefs President Brad W. Norton. The first edition should be available this year. The 2,400-square-foot space will house a staff of 20 and could grow larger.

Wheeling in

A new skate shop and clothing boutique is coming to downtown Charleston. Viln Collective will open Saturday at 5071/2 King St. To launch the new shop, co-founders Daniel Blackwell and William Zimmer IV will host a grand opening party from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. It will feature drinks, live music from “Rocky Horror” and Jeff ET as well as a pop-up shop from nearby retailer Jamie Lin Snider.

The shop will cater to men and women with skates and supplies, clothing, shoes and accessories.

Pet project

Tractor Supply Co. is offering specials and giveaways through Sunday as part of its second annual “Pet Appreciation Week” promotion.

Two customers at each of the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company's stores will win a $200 store gift card or a $100 vet services rebate from Hills Science Diet. Also, one online grand prize winner will drive away with a new Ford F-150 King Ranch pickup truck and a year's supply of Purina pet food.

The main event is Saturday, with pet specials, nutrition demonstrations, pet adoptions and giveways.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524.