Belk department store hasn’t been in downtown Charleston for years, but it will return March 9 for a three-week run as part of the Charlotte-based chain’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Belk will open a temporary shop called Belk @ 341 King at 10 a.m. one week from Saturday, and it will be open through March 31, according to Susan McWatters, Belk regional vice president.

It will feature designs by seven of the 15 winners in the chain’s Southern Designer Showcase competition, including those of dress designer Megan Masters of Mount Pleasant, as well as a line designed exclusively for Belk by Cynthia Rowley, who has a shop at 178 King St.

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