The Extra Mile on lower King Street is on its last lap after nearly 25 years in business.
Patt Loggins, who co-owns the specialty athletic store with husband Michael Loggins, said they are closing the business at the end of the month to retire.
The owners sold the building at 336 King St. for an undisclosed price late last week to King Street Proprietors LLC, registered to Jennifer Davis of Domicile Real Estate Brokerage.
A clearance sale will be held through the end of the month.
Davis said she's in talks with a national retailer that will likely be the next tenant of the King Street storefront, but she couldn't release specifics this week.
"It's sad to lose a longtime retailer who is self-made, but this replacement will be good for the city," she said. "It will be something Charleston will be very proud to have and I think it will raise the standard of quality retail there."
Teeing it up
Farther south on King Street, another business that specializes in athletic apparel is moving in. TINA Stephens, a new retailer of the women's label Tees by Tina, will open at 10 a.m. Friday for a weekend-long grand opening event at its new storefront at 278 King.
The Charleston store is the second of its kind in the U.S. The first TINA Stephens shop opened recently in Martha's Vineyard and a third will open in Sarasota, Fla., this fall.
Tees by Tina began as a line of seamless athletic apparel created by Tina Goldstein, who said the Charleston location will be "a testing ground primarily for introducing new products that complement the Tees by Tina line"
Customers who shop during the grand opening will receive a special gift with any purchase. Goldstein will also be on hand offering personal style consultations.
Department store operator Belk is expanding its online distribution center in Jonesville over the next few months, according to an announcement Wednesday from Gov. Nikki Haley's office. The $47 million project will add 20 new jobs and 170,000 square feet to the 345,000-square-foot facility in Union County.
"Belk's e-commerce business continues to grow, and with it the demand for increased distribution and fulfillment operations," said John Belk, president and chief operating officer of Charlotte-based Belk Inc. "Our Jonesville facility has been a key factor in our belk.com growth, and we are pleased to be able to invest additional resources in and to bring additional jobs to Union County."
Several restaurants and local businesses north of Spring Street in downtown Charleston are holding an event billed as "Slightly North of Spring" from 4-7 p.m. Saturday.
The participants will offer special deals and activities such as a pig roast at Twenty-Six Divine restaurant at 682 King St. Other participants include Butcher & Bee, Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary and Coastal Climbing. Find more information online at www.SNOSstroll.com.
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