King Street is losing one of its high-profile retail merchants this month. After nearly 10 years in the thick of the tourist district, Lacoste is closing its doors at 248 King St. on Jan. 25. Its lease is expiring, and the company isn’t renewing it.

The store at the north end of The Shops at Charleston Place was the French retailer’s 25th U.S. location. The sportswear brand known by its famous alligator logo opened the 1,000-square-foot downtown Charleston store in July 2004 as a prototype for its smaller boutique-style shops. At the time, Lacoste’s U.S. division was being run by local resident and retailing veteran Bob Siegel.

“We would like to thank our loyal customers who have helped support our boutique on King Street for 10 years and insist on making Lacoste the worldwide iconic brand that it is,” store manager Suzanne Safriet said. “We are going to truly miss all the friendships we’ve made over the years here.”

The Charleston Place store is Lacoste’s only S.C. location. The next closest brick-and-mortar shop is in Charlotte.

Avondale eats

Charleston Restaurant Week may be over on the peninsula, but across the Ashley River in Avondale, the meal deals are just beginning.

Today through Sunday, restaurants along Savannah Highway and Magnolia Road will offer three-course meals for $20 and $30 for the 5th annual Avondale Restaurant Week. Participants include Triangle Char and Bar, Pearlz, Mellow Mushroom, Al Di La, Mex 1, Avondale Wine & Cheese and Your Pie.

Buybacks

AccuPhoto Lab & Studio will host a camera buyback event in West Ashley this weekend. KEH Camera, a used camera dealer, will buy customers’ used digital and film equipment at the lab at 757 Savannah Highway from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Newcomer

Hamilton Consignments has opened on upper Meeting Street. The locally owned shop at 1563 Meeting St. specializes in furniture, home accessories and antiques. A grand opening will be held Feb. 6.

Moving in

Buddy’s Home Furnishings has leased a 4,200-square-foot retail space at 7540 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. The Tampa Bay, Fla.-based retailer operates more than 100 stores nationwide and specializes in rent-to-own furniture, appliances and electronics.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.