Juicy Couture, the designer label credited with starting the velour tracksuit trend of about a decade ago, has left its post in Charleston and many of its other retail stores across the country.
Fifth & Pacific sold the brand last year to licensing firm Authentic Brands Group for $195 million, according to Bloomberg. It was reported that Fifth & Pacific would keep operating the retail stores through June, and that many would be replaced by Kate Spade and Lucky Brand.
The store at 278 King St. soon will be replaced by Tees by Tina, a national women's retailer that specializes in basic knit apparel. The new tenant should be open by late summer, according to King Street Marketing Group.
Locals haven't seen the last of Juicy. Kohl's has partnered with Authentic Brands and will begin carrying the label at its department stores this fall.
Elizabeth Stuart Design's West Ashley location will close its doors at the end of the month after eight years at 422 Savannah Highway. The store will have a half-off sale on all inventory until it closes June 1.
Owner Elizabeth Faith said she wanted to consolidate her business at the Mount Pleasant store, which opened in August at 215 Coleman Blvd. The newer location, which is home to the interior design business and the gardening store, has been "exceptionally busy," since it opened, Faith said. "I wanted to focus all my energy here."
The comany also plans to expand its online presence by the end of the year with a new retail website, Faith said.
Bricco Bracco, an Italian restaurant at 1161 Basketweave Drive in Mount Pleasant, is opening another restaurant east of the Cooper. Bricco Bracco Cucina will open next month in the former Puree Cafe at 1034 Chuck Dawley Blvd., said co-owner Joe Spiotta. The new 50-seat establishment will serve many of the same items as the original, but it will have a greater emphasis on seafood and steaks, he said.
The Daniel Island Farmers Market will open its sixth season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Seven Farms Drive next to the Family Circle Stadium. To mark the reopening and the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities, the market will feature South-of-the-Border cuisine and live music by the Los Morros Band and Agaves. The market is held 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 28.
Know of any retail openings, closings or events? Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail.