Appetite for growth Chipotle to expand; Velocity Air Sports plans local center

Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to open two more restaurants in the Charleston area after opening one downtown on King Street.

After setting up shop in downtown Charleston this year, Chipotle Mexican Grill is eyeing the Charleston area for two more locations.

The fast-casual restaurant is looking at a former Chinese diner at 2051 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., across from Red Lobster near Citadel Mall for a new location.

It is also redeveloping a former mattress store at 4953 Centre Pointe Drive near Tanger Outlets in North Charleston for a restaurant. It could open in the fall, maybe in September, according to Chipotle field leader Christopher Garate.

He said the West Ashley location probably won’t open until next year since it will most likely require a new building.

Garate said the company is looking at Summerville and Mount Pleasant for future locations, as well.

Chipotle’s other local restaurants are on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston and on King Street in downtown Charleston.

Three years after Sofa Super Store closed its Charleston-area shops, the former vacant building in North Charleston will see new activity later this summer.

Velocity Air Sports plans to open a 40,000-square-foot entertainment facility at 8551 Rivers Ave. It will feature 25,000 square feet of trampolines as well as a trampoline dodge ball stadium, Olympic-sized foam pits, high-wire slack lines, a flying trapeze and what is being billed as the largest Ninja Warrior obstacle course in the state.

It will also include a large inflatable playground and an arcade.

Customers will pay for jumping time by the hour, and the site will be available for birthday parties, youth groups, dodgeball tournaments and corporate and team-building events. The site will also include Club Velocity, a weekend-night attraction with laser lighting and live DJ music.

The sports facility is hiring 50 new positions with training starting as soon as July 6. For jobs, go to

Moncks Corner-based Delta Pharmacy and Medical Supply continues to expand.

The locally owned business will open a seventh location in Hollywood in the fall at 6251 Highway 162 inside the Piggly Wiggly supermarket. Earlier this month, Delta opened a location on the Isle of Palms.

Its other locations include downtown Charleston, Daniel Island, Moncks Corner, Eutawville and Elloree.

Upper King Street soon will have a new merchant.

Lulu Burgess of Beaufort, a gift shop with home goods and children’s and women’s clothing, has leased a 1,285-square-foot shop at 409 King St. in downtown Charleston, according to NAI Avant real estate.

A store employee in Beaufort said an opening date has not been determined.

Steel Magnolias Boutique is now open at 416-A Old Trolley Road in Summerville. The shop specializes in gifts for special events, brides and bridesmaids as well as custom monogrammed apparel and jewelry, and flowers.

A new fitness site is coming to Mount Pleasant.

PowerFit, which focuses on personal training, has leased a 2,400-square-foot space at 3365 S. Morgans Point Road, according to Avison Young commercial real estate.

The grand opening of the Sunoco station at 9910 Dorchester Road in Summerville set for Friday was postponed Thursday because of the funeral of slain pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. It is tentatively set for July 31, spokesman Chris Getnan said.

Note: The grand opening of the Sunoco station was changed Thursday after The Post and Courier had gone to press.

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