More retailers joined the number of merchants to vacate Citadel Mall.
The Limited and Wet Seal recently shuttered their stores after more than a decade at the West Ashley shopping center. The closures came on the heels of RadioShack, which also closed at the end of January.
Amy's Hallmark, a greeting card and gift shop at the J.C. Penney-anchored wing of the shopping center, plans to close Feb. 24. Until then, all merchandise is 60 percent off, with Christmas items marked down 75 percent.
Citadel Mall's previous owners lost the property last month in a foreclosure auction. Spinoso Real Estate Group, based in New York, is overseeing operations until the bank secures a new owner. Spinoso recently launched a new website and a more aggressive marketing campaign to improve the mall's image and dispel the rumors that the shopping center was closing, according to court documents.
Customers dining-in at Whole Foods in may soon be able to ditch the long register lines at the grocery store.
The health food supermarket recently partnered with Square, a software firm that allows merchants to take payment with a plug-in credit card reader for iPhones and iPads.
Texas-based Whole Foods has one local store, in Mount Pleasant. It will use the software at its deli, bakery and pizza counters to speed up the check-out time for its customers, according to a statement from Square.
How to stretch a penny
Local fashion boutique Copper Penny has expanded into Greenville. The upscale women's boutique owned by Penny Vaigneur began franchising last year, starting with a Columbia location. The Upstate store opening Thursday at 1922 Augusta Road in Greenville is the chain's second franchise.
Oldies but goodies
A multi-dealer antique shop opens this weekend in West Ashley. Charleston Antiques at 1942 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. near Dupont Road will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The 3,600-square-foot space will house nine vendors with products ranging from furniture to lighting, according to co-owner David Evans.
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