Though H&M may seem to be playing hard to get with the Charleston market, the Swedish retailer will likely be here by the holidays.

The Post and Courier confirmed in May that H&M would make its Charleston debut sometime this fall, but the opening date remains ambiguous. The windows at 281 King St. don’t display any “coming soon” signs, and the retailer’s website makes no mention of the store heading to Charleston.

But the delay may have to do with construction setbacks, according to an H&M associate at the site. Construction is expected to wrap up in November.

H&M representatives did not respond to requests for comment about the store’s opening.


Zoes Kitchen in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre hopes to draw a hungry crowd to its grand opening Thursday by awarding free meals to 500 Facebook fans. The fast-casual restaurant at 1242 Belk Drive will serve its signature fusion of Mediterranean and Southern cuisine for free to 500 people who register to win on its Facebook page.

One lucky registrant will win free Zoes’ meals for a year. Sign up by Thursday at

It’s the first Charleston location for Zoes, which has 94 restaurants across the country.

The focus is on fresh ingredients and a variety of menu options that are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Page turner

That Big Book Sale is on the way. The annual event sponsored by Charleston Friends of the Library is set for Friday through Sunday at the Omar Shrine Auditorium at 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

More than 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs and tapes, VHS, sheet music and maps will be on sale starting at 50 cents. The event will also feature a rare book auction. Funds raised help the county library system.

The sale runs 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and items will be half price Sunday.

Go to charlestonlibrary or call 805-6882

New on the lot

Absolute Auto Sales, a used car dealership in North Charleston, has moved to 1423 Remount Road from 2700 Ashley Phosphate Road. Owner Michael Harris said the business moved because it lost its lease.

“We’re going to be in an even better location to serve our customers,” he said.

Now serving

Cantina’s Burgers Tacos & Beer opened its doors in the Shops at Wescott in Summerville in late September. Its casual menu offers most meals for less than $12. The bar and grill at 9730 Dorchester Road is open at 11 a.m. daily.


All is Well is pulling out of Mount Pleasant. The pet care shop that offers holistic and natural products is closing its location on 1150-A Hungryneck Blvd. when the lease ends. Its other stores in James Island and West Ashley will carry on as usual.

Throughout October, all three stores will hold a sale in which toys and treats are buy one, get one at half-price. The last day of business for the East Cooper location is Nov. 8.

Contact retail reporter Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.