MOUNT PLEASANT - The bait, tackle and snack shop currently occupying a prime spot at the beginning of this town’s popular Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier might be replaced with a restaurant or coffee shop.

Councilman Chris Nickels said the current bait and tackle shop is under-used and something different might make the park even more popular.

“It’s an incredibly unique location,” he said. “It now has free parking, and we should see what else could go there.”

Nickels said he, Town Administrator Eric DeMoura and Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission director Tom O’Rourke recently met to talk about the shop.

The county operates the shop and fishing pier at the town’s request, but the town owns the property. Nickels said the shop currently loses more than $150,000 per year.

The town agreed that the county would seek ideas and proposals for other businesses, such as bistros, restaurants, coffee shops or something else.

DeMoura said that process also will help the town as it begins to plan for the park’s next phase of development.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.