Marshalls is relocat- ing its store in North Charleston starting this week to a new 24,000- square-foot space at the Corner at Wescott Shopping Center.

The off-price fashion and home-goods retailer at North Rivers Market at 7800 Rivers Ave. will close Friday.

A grand opening will be held 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 20 at its new location at 9514 Dorchester Road.

"The new North Charleston store will be stocked with a new, fresh assortment of the designer and brand-name merchandise that shoppers love, every single week," said Richard Sherr, president of Marshalls, which is owned by TJ Maxx parent TJX Cos Inc.

Opening-day promotions include giveaways and prizes. Also, Marshalls will present My Sister's House, a nonprofit that provides safe haven for domestically abused families, with a $5,000 donation at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting.

Marshalls is joining other retailers that have opened in the past six months in the recently developed Wescott center. The growing lineup includes Harris Teeter, Moe's Southwest Grill, Pet Supplies Plus and several others.

In a separate but related note, one of Marshalls' retail neighbors at North Rivers Market is going dark as well. Burkes Outlet is closing March 1, according to store associates.

Local inspiration

Palm Avenue, a signature store for the Lilly Pulitzer label at 251 King St. in downtown Charleston, has reopened after three weeks of remodeling. To mark the occasion, the store is holding an event at the store 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, when it will unveil a new line of women's apparel inspired by the Lowcountry. "It's a pretty big deal that they picked Charleston as an inspiration for their (Lilly Pulitzer) line," said store manager Erin Rice.

The designer label has chosen several cities throughout the Southeast to showcase in its spring collection of women's resort wear, including Savannah and Charlotte.

Charleston's collection features primarily white dresses, lace and gold embroidery, according to the company.

Just popping in

The Elan Midtown apartment complex at Meeting and Spring streets in downtown Charleston will welcome artists with the Mary Martin Gallery for a pop-up wildlife art exhibit this weekend. A launch party will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday with food and cocktails by Bull Street Gourmet. The artwork will be on display through Sunday.


Teal, a local women's boutique in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, recently launched a website,, which offers free shipping on orders over $100 and free in-store pickup.

Many smaller retailers across the country have taken to the Web in the past few years to keep pace with the growing online marketplace, according to the National Retail Federation.

Termed dual-channel retailing, stores that are operating on the Web as well as in brick-and-mortar shops have often seen improved sales and even store expansion opportunities, the trade group has reported.

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