Former Reuben’s on King may be headed for demolition

The city will consider a request to demolish the former Reuben’s Men’s and Boy’s Wear at 480 King St. Buy this photo

The upper King Street store that housed Reuben’s Men’s and Boys’ Wear for many years could be on its way to the rubble pile.

The two-story, wood-and-stucco building at 480 King St. is in “fair” shape, but it has significant rot and water damage, local structural engineer Jason Broadway said in a report on the building’s condition to property owner 480 King St. LLC. The property was bought in the spring by an Ohio-based investment firm. Reuben’s closed last spring.

Broadway is recommending demolition for a number of reasons. The stucco added during a previous renovation is redirecting water into the structure, adding to the water damage of the exterior walls, he said. Flooding during heavy rains also reaches the bottom of the floor joists on the ground floor, posing a risk to the long-term longevity of the flooring and the building as a whole, Broadway said.

He said the lot cannot be regraded to alleviate flooding because of nearby structures and utilities. Regrading also would undermine the existing shallow foundation, further destabilizing the building.

Broadway recommended the main structure, which held retail space on the ground floor and living space upstairs, and another small building with a failed floor on the lot’s rear be torn down.

The Charleston Board of Architectural Review will take up the building’s future on Wednesday.

Local businessman Reuben Reeder operated the shop in the building he bought after 15 years as manager and later owner of Leon’s Men’s and Boys’ Wear, which was across the street until 1996. Reeder changed the name when he moved to 480 King St. He died in 2005.

The owners want to replace the building with a new structure, possibly three floors, with retail on the first level and office space upstairs, according to Glick/Boehm & Associates architectural firm.

In the box


The UPS store recently leased 1,288 square feet at The Market of Oakland shopping center in Mount Pleasant. The shop, part of TCW Services LLC, will be at 3022 S. Morgans Point Road, according to Lee & Associates commercial real estate firm.

Bugging out


A Navy veteran will open a new business in Summerville today. Karl Braun will launch the first South Carolina franchise of Virginia-based Mosquito Joe at 717 Trolley Road in Summerville. He hopes to eventually open multiple locations throughout the state.

Pumping oil


Charleston Olive Oil Tastery has leased a 975-square-foot shop at 159 Church St. in downtown Charleston, according to Palmetto Commercial Properties, which represented the landlord, PCP Leasing LLC.

Pet project


Tractor Supply Co. will offer specials Wednesday through Sunday as part of its third annual “Pet Appreciation Week.” Each store will offer sale items throughout the pet department. The main event takes place Saturday with pet adoptions, giveaways and nutrition demonstrations.

Tractor Supply has four stores in the Charleston area. They are in Awendaw, Ravenel, Summerville and Walterboro.

Thanks, teach


Barton’s Toys at 728 S. Shelmore Blvd. near I’On Village in Mount Pleasant will offer specials as part of “Teacher Appreciation Week” today through Aug. 16. Look for giveaways, drawings for prizes and in-store discounts exclusively for teachers. Customers also can nominate their favorite teachers for prizes. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

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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