Two new pet stores are headed to the Lowcountry.
Arizona-based PetSmart plans to open in the Super Bi-Lo-anchored shopping center at 860 Folly Road on James Island by the fall, company spokeswoman Melissa Wenzel said.
The formerly unoccupied structure behind Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Site is under renovation by Mashburn Construction through Gramling Brothers Real Estate and Development. Space for two other tenants is being retrofitted as well, but there is no word on future occupants.
PetSmart operates four other stores in the Charleston area: in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville and West Ashley.
Also, Pet Supplies Plus has signed a lease for a new store in Goose Creek.
The 11,000-square-foot retailer will operate at 208 St. James Ave. and should open by this fall in the Publix-anchored shopping center, according to owner and operator Lori Nebel. The shop will offer grooming and self-pet wash along with pet supplies. Its other store is at 9500 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.
Shoppers at the Homegrown Johns Island Farmers Market can use their federal food assistance benefits called SNAP starting July 23.
Those enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, can use their EBT cards at the farmers market to buy fruits, vegetables, plant starts, meat, dairy, bread, honey and other eligible foods.
Clients can take their cards to the information booth at the farmers market for more information. No other farmers markets accept the program in the Charleston area. Johns Island Farmers Market was awarded a SNAP support grant from Eat Smart Move More SC for the program.
The market is open year round every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June-August and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. September-May at 3546 Maybank Highway, near Main Road.
Ghost Monkey Brewery at 522 Wando Lane in Mount Pleasant will hold its grand opening Friday through Sunday.
The 2,800-square-foot brewery near the entrance to the State Ports Authority’s Wando Welch Terminal is the product of four partners: Jim Leonard of Goose Creek, Josh Parker of Charleston, and Patrick Davis and John Kosky, both of Mount Pleasant.
Not far away, Two Blokes Brewing, at 547 Long Point Road, could hold its grand opening by early fall, if not before. Its cofounders are Sean Geddis and Matty Symons.
The two breweries, when fully operational, will join nearby Westbrook Brewing Co., which opened in 2011 off Wando Park Boulevard beside Interstate 526.
Pilot Travel Centers plans to build a new truck stop, gas station and convenience store at the juncture of Jedburg Road and Interstate 26 in Berkeley County. The Knoxville, Tenn.-based company recently submitted plans to the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to fill almost an acre of wetlands on the 44-acre site and purchase 6.9 credits from the Pigeon Pond Mitigation Bank. The center is planned for the southwest corner of the intersection along Dawson Branch on about 16.5 acres of the tract.
Also, Pilot will hold the grand opening of its new travel center 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday at 5714 N. Rhett Ave. in the North Charleston-Hanahan area.
Family Dollar plans to open a new store in North Charleston. The 8,320-square-foot store is being proposed for East Montague Avenue and Upjohn Road in the Liberty Hill neighborhood across from Felix Pinckney Community Center. Twin Rivers Capital of James Island is the developer and hopes to have the store ready for business by Thanksgiving, according to JJ Lamberson, president.
Diggity Doughnuts’ Charleston shop now sports new owners and a new name. The store at 616 Meeting St., Unit D, at the base of the Ravenel Bridge, is now called Nana’s Donuts. Leslie Armstrong and Alan Berger, co-owners of Plant, a vegan restaurant in Asheville, recently bought the recipes for Diggity Doughnuts, took over its downtown storefront and changed the name.
Nana’s donuts are vegan, organic, made in small batches and contain premium ingredients. The shop features Charleston Coffee Roasters’ organic coffee and several house-made drinks. It’s open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., except on weekends, when it opens at 8 a.m.
Crust Wood Fired Pizza is now open in its second Charleston-area location. The 2,700-square-foot pizzeria can be found at 1097 N. Main St. in Summerville. It also serves pastas, sandwiches, burgers, salads and desserts. Pizza by the slice is available. The executive chef is John Roskowski, and the owner is Steve Watkins. Its other location is beside the Terrace Theater on Maybank Highway on James Island.
Friendly Cleaners will offer free uniform cleaning for all police officers Friday at all five Charleston-area locations to show its appreciation for law enforcement in the wake of the shooting of five police officers in Dallas last week, according to store operator Ann Son.
Locally, the cleaners can be found in downtown Charleston, Moncks Corner and three locations in Mount Pleasant.
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.