Walmart eyes expansion in Mount Pleasant
Four years after Walmart in Wando Crossing Shopping Center became a supercenter by adding a grocery line without expanding its footprint, the 117,000-square-foot store in Mount Pleasant may be on its way to getting bigger.
Play It Again Sports, which sits next door to Walmart in a separate building, is moving into a new location on Monday, and sports shop co-owner Seth Cason said it’s because he was told to find a new space so Walmart could expand.
The sports shop, now at 1483 Highway 17 N. near Chuck Dawley Boulevard, will open Monday at 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. beside Danco Furniture in Fairmont Shopping Center.
The new sports shop, in the former Sleep King mattress store near Anna Knapp Boulevard, will be 4,500 square feet, compared to 2,800 square feet in Wando Crossing.
Cason said he and a business partner approached the shopping center owners, Developers Diversified Realty, about expanding last year. They even had a letter of intent to grow into the former 2,000-square-foot Cato site next door. But in August, they were told they had 10 days to find another spot because of Walmart’s plans, he said. They had an option to move within Wando Crossing but decided against the move because the other site had no space for a loading dock in the rear.
Mount Pleasant hasn’t received any plans for an expansion of Walmart, according to town planning officials. A map on the website for Developers Diversified shows an area of expansion in a vacant patch between the discount store and Play It Again Sports.
Christiane Farrell with the town’s planning department said officials approached the town last year about expanding into the space occupied by Play It Again Sports.
Walmart store manager Sissy Cooper said she has not been notified of an expansion, but she added that any such plans would be handled at higher levels than the store. Officials from Walmart’s corporate offices or from Developers Diversified Realty did not immediately return calls or emails for comment.
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Black Magic Cafe at 103 W. Erie St. on Folly Beach now offers full-service dining with the addition of a new chef, new dining room and full bar menus. Bill DeRoche, previously with the T-Bones group and Sesame, is the new chef. The cafe opened in 2009 as an espresso bar, then added breakfast and lunch items in 2011. It is owned by Eran Moran and is open daily at 7 a.m.
The 91-room King Charles Inn at 237 Meeting St. on the peninsula is renovating its restaurant. It will be called Brew Pub and Cafe, seat 55 and feature light bites and appetizers. Look for an opening Monday inside the Best Western-branded boutique hotel, said general manager Maureen Sheridan.
Sticky Fingers Smokehouse at 235 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston will host a fund-raiser for Meals on Wheels of Charleston from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Cover band Rawberry Jam will perform. All gratuities will benefit the charity.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524. or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.