Big project on peninsula to include grocery store

The nine-story 10 WestEdge building coming to the corner of Spring Street and Lockwood Boulevard will house a full-service grocery store on the ground floor below a parking deck.

A grocer will soon anchor a major new development on peninsular Charleston.

An announcement could be made by mid- to late-May on a supermarket planned on the ground floor of a proposed nine-story, mixed-use building called 10 WestEdge in the multi-acre WestEdge redevelopment project along Lockwood Boulevard, according to Michael Maher, CEO of HPF Inc., which is overseeing the WestEdge project.

Maher declined to name the grocer because he is under a confidentiality agreement until an announcement is made, but he said the retailer will open a full-service, 45,800-square-foot supermarket. It will face a new street called WestEdge on the back side of the building.

Three of the region’s five major grocery chains — Harris Teeter, Bi-Lo and Food Lion — already have stores on the peninsula. The only ones missing are Publix and Wal-Mart.

Smaller retail spaces, including a restaurant, will sit along WestEdge and Spring streets, Maher said.

10 WestEdge is a nine-story, mixed-use development surrounding a five-story parking deck with about 800 spaces behind multistory housing and office space. The parking will be shared by a future eight-story research and office building called 22 WestEdge. 10 WestEdge will include 350 apartments above retail and restaurant space.

The site is currently occupied by Crosby’s Seafood at 382 Spring St., which will be dismantled when construction begins this summer. HPF stands for Horizon Project Foundation. Horizon was the original name of the WestEdge development.

Does’s Pita owner Doe Cote is retiring, but her popular North Charleston sandwich shop is not going away. She sold the shop at 5134 N. Rhett Ave. to 17-year employee Joangela White recently.

Cote, who started the business in 1990 on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, closed that shop in 2010. She operated another shop in Mount Pleasant from 1996 to 2000. The North Charleston restaurant opened in 1994.

White said she is planning some changes but only to serve customers better.

Two new national spa chains soon will pamper Charleston-area residents.

Elements Massage plans to open a new 2,200-square-foot shop with seven rooms at 5 p.m. Friday at 1153 Oakland Market Road in Mount Pleasant. It will be owned and operated by Lisa and Bill Lindquist, former Buffalo, N.Y., residents who are transitioning from corporate life to the service industry.

To mark the opening, they are offering a $39, one-hour massage for clients who schedule an appointment by Thursday and come in for a massage by May 22. It’s open seven days a week. Elements Massage is owned by Colorado-based WellBiz Brands Inc.

In addition, New Jersey-based Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa has leased a 3,200-square-foot space in the Earth Fare-anchored Summerville Marketplace Shopping Center at 1101 N. Main St. in Summerville. It should open within 90 days, according to Mikell Harper with Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development. Monarch Eye Care also plans to open in the new retail center, he said.

Roly Poly, a national Atlanta-based franchise known for its roll-up sandwiches, has closed its only Charleston location after less than five years. The restaurant shut down last weekend at 2048 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley, next to Stella Nova Spa & Salon. It opened in December 2011.

Three months after leasing space in West Ashley, a downtown Charleston dessert shop has opened a second location. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier can now be found in an 1,800-square-foot spot at 1901 Ashley River Road near West Ashley Crab Shack in Magnolia Plaza. The downtown Charleston shop at 90 Society St. will remain open.

A small multi-tenant retail building is being proposed for Mount Pleasant.

Plans presented to the town show a 6,446-square-foot retail building at 2755 Highway 17 between Jack’s Cosmic Dogs and a future Advance Auto Parts, which should be under construction by next month. Drawings show a Pizza Hut flanked by an unnamed laundry service and dry cleaner.

The property is owned by Collins Hartzog of Elgin, who said he is selling the parcel to the developers of the site. A receptionist at Earthsource Engineering, which is involved in the project, said the Pizza Hut is planned but hasn’t been locked in.

A new hairstyling business offering several stalls is headed to the Lowcountry.

Colorado-based Phenix Salon Suites has leased a 4,975-square-foot space in Wando Crossing Shopping Center at 1500 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.

The salon will take over the former CiCi’s Pizza space on the corner across from Marshalls, according to commercial real estate firm Colliers International. It should open this summer.

Also, GorgeousGLO Beauty Bar, a Charlotte-based styling salon, recently opened at 611 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in East Cooper Plaza Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant. The shop, a fourth for the company and its first in South Carolina, offers 12 hair and makeup stations and three spray-tanning rooms. It’s open seven days a week.

The expansion of discount stores has not abated with the economic recovery. Tennessee-based Dollar General plans to build a new shop beside Red Top Village Shopping Center at 3874 Savannah Highway in West Ashley, according to Roadstead Real Estate Advisors.

A newly formed group aimed at revitalizing West Ashley will sponsor a Community Day Festival Saturday at Citadel Mall. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, hosted by West Ashley United, will feature vendors, raffles, entertainment and other activities throughout the mall. For more details, email or

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524 or