Nordstrom Rack, a popular off-price apparel chain owned by Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc., confirmed plans Wednesday to open a store in the former Kmart shopping center in Mount Pleasant.

Daniel Island-based Grove Property Fund LLC, owner of the 131,000-square-foot shopping center near Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road, will redevelop the aging retail strip over the next year as Bowman Place.

The Post and Courier previously reported that the property will be anchored by Nordstrom Rack and Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods based on plans submitted to the town's planning department. Tenants of the three smaller units have not been announced.

Nordstrom Rack said Wednesday it will open its 33,500-square-foot East Cooper store in fall 2015. The retailer is opening two other South Carolina locations - in Greenville and Columbia - in October.

"We have been looking for more opportunities to serve customers in South Carolina and we're excited to bring a Nordstrom Rack closer to home for customers in Mount Pleasant," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. He called Bowman Place "an excellent location."

The former Kmart shopping center is mostly vacant.

Going cold turkey

As of Wednesday, CVS is no longer selling tobacco products in any of its 7,700 drugstores nationwide as the company works to adopt a more medical-oriented image. The company, known as CVS Caremark, will now go by the name of CVS Health, although its store signs aren't expected to reflect the change anytime soon.

The cartons of cigarettes that served as a backdrop for many of the stores' cash registers have been replaced by nicotine gum packs and other products that help smokers kick the habit.

CVS announced in February it would end tobacco sales by the end of the year, a move that CEO Larry Merlo has said will cost the company $2 billion in annual sales revenue, according to Forbes.

Repeat retailing

Charleston Repeats will host its 12th annual children's consignment sale this month in Mount Pleasant. Held Sept. 11-13 at the Omar Shrine Convention Center at 176 Patriots Point Road, the sale will feature gently used fall apparel for infants, children and teens. Sale hours vary each day, but the doors will be open by 10 a.m. throughout the weekend. Volunteers and consignors are given early access to shop on certain days.

Those interested in selling items are required to register online at by Friday. All new participants are encouraged to read the consignor guidelines on the website. Merchandise must be dropped off at the Omar Shrine site from 3-9 p.m. Sept. 8 or from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9. Consignors receive 65 percent of profits on each item sold.

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