2 area Bi-Lo stores get face-lifts


Edward C. Fennell

The Mauldin-based Bi-Lo supermarket chain recently completed redesigns on stores at 975 Bacons Bridge Road and 1625 N. Main St., both in Summerville. To entice shoppers to see the changes, the stores are offering special promotions.

On Friday, the store on Bacons Bridge will host free glucose and cholesterol testing. Through Sunday and again from Wednesday until May 15, shoppers can enjoy free samples.

On Mother's Day, Bi-Lo will give free carnations to mothers as they enter the revamped stores. On Wednesday, customers can enter to win a four-pack of single-day admission tickets to Carowinds.

The redesigns are part of the Upstate chain's five-year plan to become more competitive in the crowded food industry.

Shortened slightly

Sunday is Mother's Day, but it's also the second Sunday of the month, meaning a section of King Street will be closed to vehicles from Calhoun Street to the south from 1 to 5 p.m.

Different this month: King is no longer closed all the way to Broad Street. Susan Lucas of the King Street Marketing Group said Heirloom Books is the only business open on that block on Sunday, and it's not cost-effective to keep the street closed south of Queen.

Performing Sunday on Lower King Street will be Andrew Mille and musicians from Classical Charleston.

Many King Street shops will offer gifts and specials for Mother's Day, including some along Upper King.

For instance, The Swamp Fox in the Francis Marion Hotel will serve a special buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., including complimentary wine, live jazz, hot and cold menu items and dessert. Call 724-8888 for reservations.

For more details and free two-hour parking vouchers, go to www.secondsundayonkingstreet.com.

Big wheels

Hills Machinery, the Case distributor, will hold the grand opening of its new North Charleston facility at 7168-B Cross County Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Look for a new backhoe loader display, raffles, prizes, grand opening specials and lunch.

Firm support

Houston-based Mattress Firm Inc. recently opened its 700th store in the nation in Summerville. The new 18,700-square-foot store at 1208 N. Main St. is open seven days a week. The mattress store has six other locations in the Charleston area.

Mattress Firm District Manager Conran Ayers also presented a $5,000 check to Camp Happy Days, a local nonprofit organization that offers a year-round support system for children diagnosed with cancer.

Food line

Burger Babies is now open 293 King St. in downtown Charleston. The new restaurant is open seven days a week.

Snip, snip

Reinert LePrince Fine Art at 179 King St. opened in February and Salt & Seaweed women's casual clothing store at 155 Market St. opened in March, but Charleston Mayor Joe Riley will welcome the two new businesses during ribbon-cuttings at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively, Friday.


Firehouse Subs' customers can contribute to the Southeast's tornado relief effort by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar. The money will go to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation disaster relief fund.

Online contributions can be made at www.firehousesubs.com/disaster-relief.

For mom

Wonder Works toy shop will offer two pre-Mother's Day events Saturday in the store at Belle Hall Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant. Kids from 3 to 10 can make a free gift for their moms with Little Picasso from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and artist Tate Nation will be signing puzzles and prints from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shirt tails

Palmetto Moon, American Fishing Tackle Co. and marine-life artist Guy Harvey will donate a portion of sales in May and June from the new Guy Harvey "Palmetto Moon" T-shirt to the Coastal Conservation Association S.C.'s Topwater Action Campaign and the S.C. Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The shirts are available at all seven Palmetto Moon locations.

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