Growing suburbs to get grocery, furniture stores

Harris Teeter plans to build a new store in the growing Nexton mixed-use development near Summerville in Berkeley County.

In another sign that the Charleston area continues to grow outward, the suburbs are adding three new retail businesses: two grocery stores on opposite sides of Summerville and a furniture store near Johns Island.

In the mixed-use Nexton community, Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter plans to build a 76,000-square-foot supermarket, according to Ken Seeger, president of WestRock Land and Development, which is overseeing development of the 4,500-acre site.

The store will be on 13 acres near Brighton Park Boulevard and Nexton Parkway. Construction will begin after completion of the new interchange being built on Interstate 26 at mile marker 197, scheduled to open in 2018, Seeger said. The store is expected to open about a year later.

The 5-mile parkway, about half constructed, will eventually tie in with the new interchange on one side of the community and U.S. Highway 176 at Cane Bay Plantation on the other side.

Nexton is projected to have 8,000 homes when built out at Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17-A. It recently sold its 100th home.

On the other side of Summerville in Knightsville, Wal-Mart will open its fifth Neighborhood Market in the Charleston area this fall.

The new grocery store at 1616 Central Ave. is hiring 95 people at a temporary center at 10597 Dorchester Road, Suite B. Applications are accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at http://careers.walmart.com. Most new employees will begin work in September to prepare the store for its grand opening.

The world’s largest retailer operates two other of its smaller-format stores in Goose Creek and one each in North Charleston and Summerville. Others are planned for the region.

And in the outskirts of West Ashley, a new furniture store opens Friday.

Old Charleston Trading Co. will welcome its first customers at 9 a.m. in the former Them Furniture Co. site at 3623 Old Charleston Road off Main Road. The 4,500-square-foot shop will offer furniture made with reclaimed wood as well as other items and accessories. It’s the product of Jim and Warren Redman-Gress. They also own an import-export business called RGA Logistics, which is moving to the furniture location as well. The new shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment.

A 99-year-old downtown Charleston retailer has hired a new president and CEO.

Retail veteran Gary Flynn will start Aug. 1 as the new head of M. Dumas and Sons, a family-owned men’s specialty store. David Dumas, whose eyesight is failing, still owns the King Street business.

“It’s time for him to kind of turn over the reins,” said marketing coordinator Lisa Craig.

Most recently, Flynn was senior director at Samsung retail design and merchandising. Before that, he served as senior vice president of product merchandising for Hugo Boss, Americas. He honed his skills in menswear primarily during his 27-year tenure at Nordstrom, culminating as a national merchandise manager for the national department store chain.

The store, which recently underwent a $2 million makeover, is at 294 King St.

A longtime maternity shop is closing in Mount Pleasant because of a lack of business.

From Here to Maternity, which offers clothing for mothers-to-be as well as babies at 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 70, has everything marked down 40 percent to 80 percent. The shop has operated at the same location in Crickentree Village for 18 years, according to owner Amy Lutz. She said it’s the last independently owned maternity shop in the Lowcountry.

Also, Butter Blossoms Bakery and Tea Party Room at 1713 Ashley River Road in West Ashley closed last weekend, according to its Facebook page.

Samples of a new soft drink born from two Southern companies will be free Saturday at Krispy Kreme Doughnut shops, including the one at 1491 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.

The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based sweet treat chain collaborated with Cheerwine of Salisbury, N.C., to create Cheerwine Kreme, which is now available at some grocery and convenience stores and at Krispy Kreme shops in North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Georgia.

It’s not the first time the two companies joined forces. In 2010, the two brands rolled out Cheerwine-filled Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which sold out in many shops during its limited run.

Cheerwine’s roots go back nearly a century to 1917. Krispy Kreme was founded in 1937.

Fans of Blue Bell Ice Cream will find it back in Charleston-area stores Sept. 12.

The Texas-based company will return to full distribution in the Carolinas this fall after offering its products in the western parts of the two states earlier this year. The company recalled all of its products in 2015 after a suspected Listeria outbreak.

The Charleston Friends of the Library will hold its Johns Island Regional Library Book Sale at 3531 Maybank Highway to support Charleston County Libraries Friday and Saturday.

Books, DVDs and CDs will be available starting at $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardbacks. Children’s books start at 50 cents.

The sale runs 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.