When it comes to the two spring holidays that celebrate parents, dads this year may get the short end of the stick.
A consumer survey reported by the National Retail Federation found that spending on gifts and celebrations for Father's Day, which is Sunday, will total about $12.5 billion. That's $7.5 billion less than consumers were willing to spend on Mother's Day gifts last month, according to another NRF survey.
The average consumer is expected to spend $113 on Father's Day gifts, about $6 less than they said they would spend last year for the holiday.
Compared to all other gift-giving holidays such as Valentine's Day and Christmas, Father's Day is the smallest, the report said.
About 64 percent of survey respondents this year said they would show their dads appreciation with a greeting card. About 42 percent said they'd buy dinner or tickets to a special event, which totals about $2.5 billion of expected spending.
Joining the herd
Charleston Hospitality Group, the local management company behind restaurants such as Toast, The Wreckfish and Eli's Table, is adding another establishment to its dining portfolio this month.
The company is putting the finishing touches on The Wild Buffalo at 7832 Rivers Ave., a 13,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Bighorn's Sports Grill.
The North Charleston steakhouse is expected to open by the end of the month, according to a release. It will feature a back patio, three bars and 20 flat-screen TV's.
Greenville-based Spinx Co. is adding at least two more gas station and convenience stores in the greater Charleston area.
The first to open is in Ladson at 3665 Ladson Road, which was unveiled Thursday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new 5,100-square-foot convenience store and gas station is open 24-hours, and its full-service deli is open daily from 5 a.m.-8 p.m.
Another Spinx station is under construction in North Charleston on Ashley Phosphate Road, next to an AutoZone between Lincoln Patriot Boulevard and Tuskegee Drive.