Madewell sets opening date, trampoline park bouncing into Mount Pleasant, other retail happenings
Madewell is about a month away from swinging open its doors on King Street. The women's retail chain owned by J.Crew plans to open Feb. 18 at 282 King St., just north of Wentworth Street and across from the recently opened H&M.
Madewell has been renovating the former Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville shop since October for its first store in South Carolina.
The retailer is best known for its casual, bohemian-inspired looks for young women, including a wide selection of denim and genuine leather handbags.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park has announced its first location in the Charleston market at 411 Wando Park Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.
The 25,000 square-foot facility off Long Point Road offers more than 15,000 square feet of trampoline space, which includes a main jumping area, three dodge ball courts and a basketball court called a "sky slam."
Activities range from fitness classes to Ultimate Dodgeball competitions.
"There really isn't anything in this market like it. It's healthy, active fun," said Brad Sullivan, who owns the franchise location with his father, Dennis Sullivan. They plan to hire at least 80 employees at the new facility.
Staymobile, an electronic device repair shop, recently opened in Mount Pleasant in the Whole Foods-anchored Patriots Plaza shopping center at 889 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
The Columbia-based company offers repair services and accessories for mobile devices by Apple, Samsung and other major electronics providers.
The Mount Pleasant store is one of seven locations to open in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company plans to expand to several other Southeastern markets within the next six months, according to Chuck Morrison, president of Staymobile.
Also, UPS opened a new retail store in North Charleston this week at 8983 University Blvd., across from Charleston Southern University and Trident Hospital. The new location is intended to better serve the business and student community in the area, according to a company release.
Seal of approval
The Federal Trade Commission has given the green light to the $2.5 billion sale of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. to Kroger Co. without requiring any store sales or other conditions.
Based in Matthews, N.C., Harris Teeter has more than 200 supermarkets that are mostly concentrated in the Southeast. The chain expanded in the Lowcountry by acquiring seven former Piggly Wiggly locations in September.
All of the stores will continue to operate under the Harris Teeter name after the deal with Kroger is finalized this week.
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