Belk in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is almost ready to unveil its expanded new look.

After a $10.2 million project to nearly double its size, the anchor tenant of the East Cooper shopping center will reopen Oct. 15 as a flagship department store for the Charlotte-based retailer.

In the first phase of the project, Belk moved its men's department to a separate 30,000-square-foot building, which opened in November, across the parking lot. Meanwhile, the company has worked to add 30,000 square feet to its main store by expanding into the adjacent units on the west side of the 82,000-square-foot space.

"We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers, and we believe the expanded selection of merchandise, new premium brands and upgraded amenities will exceed their needs," said Dave Penrod, chairman of Belk Inc.'s Southern division.

The added space will accommodate new, upscale brands such as Free People, BCBG Max Azria, French Connection and more. It also allows a renewed focus on its cosmetics department, which the company says will now reflect a more open environment and added premium brands.

The grand reopening is also timed with the completion of the new parking deck that Towne Centre is building next to Belk, which will add 250 parking spaces to the center.

Three-sided deal

Triangle Char and Bar will open its third location in Summerville this fall. The casual eatery that centers on locally sourced foods and beer will open at 9800 Dorchester Road, near the new Wescott community and the Super Wal-Mart.

Scott Long, who co-owns the trio of restaurants with Skipper Condon, called Summerville "a great market."

"The demographics are great, and we see a lot of energy in the whole Dorchester Road corridor," he said.

The partners are in the process of renovating the building that formerly housed Noisy Oyster several years ago. The new Triangle will closely resemble the others in West Ashley and Mount Pleasant, with a modern interior and a 120-foot-long patio across the front of the building, Long said.

The site will likely be open in mid-September, he added.


Dallas-based franchise Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches has leased a space in the Shoppes at Azalea in Summerville. The restaurant, which will be the sandwich chain's first location in the Charleston area, is expected to open by the end of the year. Which Wich? offers 50 varieties of customizable sandwiches, according to its website.

Also in Summerville, Famulari's Pizza has leased a space at the Market at Cane Bay shopping center, which will be the local pizzeria's third location in that area. The restaurant also has locations at 205 Berkeley Circle in Azalea Square and at 1704 Trolley Road in the Oakbrook Shopping Center.