James Island shopping center to be redeveloped by Charleston’s Gramling Brothers

Plans are in the works to overhaul part of the Bi-Lo-anchored shopping center on Folly Road on James island.

Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development Co. is in the early stages of developing 50,000 square feet of space beside the supermarket at 860 Folly and another two-acre parcel out front.

Mattress Firm is reportedly taking over the closed Blockbuster at 862 Folly, in front of Bi-Lo. Gramling also has been approved to develop 16,000 square feet in front of the shopping center.

Site work has begun, but no leases have been signed yet. Mikell Harper with Gramling expects the property to be leased before year’s end.

Out with the old

Circle K wants to build a new convenience store at 8700 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. The company has submitted plans to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to demolish the existing structure at the corner of U.S. Highway 52 and Otranto Road and construct a new shop.

Smoke out

Charleston Electronic Cigarettes LLC, a new retail business, is now open at 1669 Savannah Highway in Stono Park Plaza in West Ashley. It carries Carolina Flavor brand e-cigarettes and accessories.

Shuffling shops

The shuffling of shops at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre continues as the shopping center gets ready for anchor tenant Belk’s expansion.

Winestyles has moved to 1317 Theater Drive where Chucktown Chicks used to be. Chucktown Chicks moved to the former Southern Curator space at 1327 Theater, between GNC and Qdoba.

Palmetto Moon, currently on the left side of Belk’s main entrance, where some of the expansion and a parking deck will be built, will possibly move by September to where Winestyles had been at 1628 Palmetto Grande Drive. Palmetto Moon could also take over the space held by Genealogy and Mrs. Cappers Collectibles.

Genealogy moved into 1309 Theater, where Outfitters used to be. Mrs. Cappers is now at 1313 Theater.

Dr. Hershon Orthodontics is now at 1640 Palmetto Grande, in the former Charleston Creamery ice cream store. Sprint has opened at 1748 Towne Centre Way in a vacant spot behind Versona and Complete Nutrition.

Growing initiative

Graw Foods, a Charleston-based healthy snack company, has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to bring on a new to-go line.

The last day to pledge funds toward the goal of $3,888 is June 30. The campaign has raised about 62 percent. The funds will be used to complete research and development on flavors, secure recyclable packaging and buy a packaging machine to increase productivity, according to company founder Ken Immer.

Local ingredient suppliers for the new products include Jim Martin, founder of Compost In My Shoes farm on Johns Island, who will supply herbs, and Garnette Tuten, founder of Charleston Spice Co., who will provide spices. To pledge, go to kickstarter.com.

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

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