No-frills grocer Aldi taking over Pinz space 20-year-old Mt. Pleasant bowling alley to close Sunday

Pinz Bowling and More in Mount Pleasant will close at 5 p.m. Sunday to make way for a new Aldi grocery store.

Trader Joe’s sister is moving in down the street in Mount Pleasant.

No-frills grocer Aldi plans to take over Pinz Bowling and More at 613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in the Plaza at East Cooper Shopping Center, according to bowling alley manager Zoltan Estrella. The commercial real estate firm Radekopf and Associates also confirmed that it has leased the site to Aldi.

The nearly 20-year-old bowling center and its 16 lanes will go dark Sunday.

Pinz, which has operated over the past 19 years under different names including Twin Rivers, River Bowl and Sparians, announced its closing on its website, Facebook page and doors.

Plans show the Austrian-based grocer will take 20,864 square feet of space. An opening date has not been announced, and an Aldi spokeswoman declined to release any details.

Aldi originally planned to set up shop in the north end of Mount Pleasant next to a proposed new Lowe’s home improvement store just past the Market at Oakland Shopping Center. But Tex Small with Avtex Commercial Properties said the town required more parking spaces for Lowe’s that ate into the planned Aldi footprint.

This won’t be the first time Aldi has moved into a local bowling alley. Its Dorchester Road store replaced the shuttered Dorchester Lanes that was bulldozed in 2014. Aldi opened at the Summerville site in August.

Aldi operates nearly 1,400 small-format stores in the United States as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hofer KG of Austria. The company announced in 2014 that it intended to add 650 locations across the country by 2019.

Aldi, which is short for Albrecht Discount, is an international chain started by Germany’s Albrecht family. Aldi Nord, its sister company, owns Trader Joe’s, which has a store at 401 Johnnie Dodds. The two companies are independent and have no operating relationship.

Starbucks is coming to Upper King Street on the peninsula in the former site of Rebekah Jacob Gallery, which is now on Broad Street. A construction company filed a notice with Charleston County on June 28 that it has started renovating the ground-floor space at 502 King St. for the Seattle-based coffee giant.

Not far away, Ladles Soups has closed its downtown Charleston shop at 141 Calhoun St. It is expected to reopen another location in August, according to a store clerk.

The parent company of Bi-Lo recently went retro by bringing back Chek Real Sugar sodas. The private-label soft drink, first introduced in 1965, was once a staple at Winn-Dixie grocery stores.

The reintroduced brand and reformulated recipe comes without additives such as high-fructose corn syrup and aspertame in a retro can design. Flavors include cola, strawberry, orange and grape.

Customers can also find the pop at Harveys and Winn-Dixie, also owned by Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers.

Men’s Wearhouse is now sponsoring its Ninth Annual National Suit Drive Campaign. Through July 31, the clothing retailer will collect gently used men’s and women’s professional attire at all 850 locations nationwide, including three in the local area — in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and West Ashley. The clothing will be distributed to more than 180 local nonprofit organizations that help people find work.

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