Despite the headwinds facing Citadel Mall in the wake of its foreclosure sale earlier this year, the retail center has managed to attract not one, but two new tenants in the past two weeks.
Amoure Bridal, a locally owned dress shop, will open in April in the J.C. Penney wing. The shop is co-owned by Anna Middleton, owner of Anna's Bridal Boutique in Moncks Corner, and Sheila Stewart, owner of Aliehs Alterations and Special Occasions in North Charleston. The new formalwear shop will specialize in bridal, prom and pageant gowns.
The lease agreement came on the heels of the announcement that Neen's Beans, a local coffee and dessert shop, has leased a space next to Bath & Body Works in the Belk-anchored stretch of the mall.
While the addition of two local businesses is a step in the right direction for the mall, it may take several more lease agreements to recover from last month's loss of three national tenants - RadioShack, The Limited and Wet Seal.
Amalfi's, a local Italian restaurant and pizzeria based in Mount Pleasant, is opening a second location, on James Island. The restaurant will replace the former Subway at 1739 Maybank Highway in the shopping center facing Folly Road.
Amalfi's opened in 2008 in downtown Charleston, but moved in 2011 to 664 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant after a kitchen fire damaged the original location. Owner Davide Mazzola said the expansion is an effort to reconnect with his customer base on the peninsula, West Ashley and James Island. He expects to open the new site by July.
Leggiadro, a women's resort wear boutique, will host a pop-up shop 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Wentworth Mansion, 149 Wentworth St.
The national designer label has a local shop at 398 Freshfields Drive in the town of Kiawah, in Freshfields Village retail center.
The sale is held in conjunction with the Festival of Houses and Gardens, hosted by the Historic Charleston Foundation. Leggiadro will donate a portion of the proceeds to the historical organization.
Jersey Mike's will host its annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, when its restaurants across the country donate 100 percent of their sales to nonprofit organizations. The beneficiary of local Jersey Mike's' earnings will be Windwood Family Services, a local nonprofit in Awendaw that provides therapy and counseling services to abused children and affected family members.
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