Aldi, microbrewery coming to Lowcountry Ice cream shop to open on King Street; pizza joint on way in Mt. P.

A new brewery is on tap for Charleston’s upper peninsula.

Henry Eang, co-owner of Basil Thai restaurants, and partners plan to build Munkle Brewery at 1513 Meeting St.

The one-story, 6,815-square-foot structure on a half-acre lot should be completed by this fall, Eang said.

The $1 million-plus project is a way to keep up with the microbrewery trend, he added.

“We have been trying to get this thing going for quite some time,” Eang said. “We have been trying to get the right location.”

Nearly three years after it closed, the former 32-lane Dorchester Lanes bowling alley has been demolished.

Taking its place will be a grocer that’s new to the Charleston area.

Aldi is an international supermarket chain owned by Germany’s Albrecht family, who also own Trader Joe’s. Like Trader Joe’s, the small-format grocer relies mostly on its own line of products.

The new store will be at 10015 Dorchester Road, at the corner of Ladson Road.

Aldi plans to construct a nearly 15,000-square-foot building that will be slightly smaller than the razed bowling alley, said Madelyn Robinson, planning director for the town of Summerville. Big Lots is nearby in a separate structure.

Aldi, which has 13 stores in South Carolina, plans to add a second Lowcountry location in the Shoppes at Oakland on U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.

The Planet Smoothie shop that closed abruptly on King Street this week won’t stay vacant long.

A Myrtle Beach-based ice-cream company plans to open in the 900-square-foot space at 431 King by March 1. It will be the seventh location for Republic Ice Cream, said Bradley Kohr, president.

The Kohr family has been in the ice-cream business for 98 years, starting on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania.

“Charleston has been a place we wanted to go for a long time,” Kohr said. “It’s a vibrant retail market.”

Republic has three other shops open and a fourth under construction in the Myrtle Beach area. The other two are in Florida.

The pizza offerings in Charleston are growing more diverse. Atlanta-based Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will open its first of three planned restaurants in the region Feb. 12 in Mount Pleasant.

To mark its arrival, the fast-casual, build-your-own pizza place at 1795 Highway 17 will hold a grand opening Feb. 14, serving free 9-inch, three-topping, customizable pies to all customers in line from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Mount Pleasant restaurant is owned and operated by franchisees David Moulton of North Charleston and his father, Bruce Moulton of Hong Kong.

The younger Moulton has more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has managed Domino’s Pizza locations in Georgia and South Carolina.

The Moultons plan to open a second Uncle Maddio’s in late summer. It will be in North Charleston.

Chick-fil-A is giving away free hot or iced coffee throughout February at participating locations while supplies last.

The offer is good for one 12-ounce hot coffee or one 16-ounce iced coffee and is limited to one per person per visit.

The chain has 15 locations throughout the Charleston area. Another will soon open in Moncks Corner.

The Charleston City Market is accepting applications for its 2015 Night Market.

Night Market runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday from March through December. From May through July, it’s open on Thursday as well. For applications, go to

The Kickin’ Chicken recently gave more than $16,000 raised during November to several local charities.

They include Camp Happy Days, Charleston Miracle League and the Summerville Miracle League. The Charleston area restaurant chain is owned by David Miller, Bobby Perry and Chip Roberts.

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