Building that housed Uno Mas soon to be no more

The new owners of the former Uno Mas restaurant in Mount Pleasant plan to tear it down to make way for a new development.

One more former Dine With Sal restaurant is about to be history.

Uno Mas, a Mexican eatery that closed four years ago at 880 Allbritton Blvd. off Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, was recently sold to Megas Corp. of Daniel Island and will be demolished.

The company is registered to Crystal Herring of Daniel Island. Her husband, Matthew, said they plan to build a 6,000-square-foot, two-story building on the site and bring a new venture to the community.

He declined to say what the plans are, but said the business could be ready to launch in January 2017, pending project approval by the town.

“We are doing research and development for something to be brought into the community that has never been done before,” he said. “It will be a Charleston original.”

Uno Mas was part of the Dine With Sal restaurant group owned by Sal and Andrea Parco. It has remained vacant since closing in 2012.

Earlier this month, the Parcos sold the now-closed Boulevard Diner on Coleman Boulevard to Gramling Brothers Real Estate and Development, which has not announced plans for the site.

Dine With Sal once boasted nine restaurants. It now has three — all in Mount Pleasant. They are The Mustard Seed, Long Point Grill and Village Bakery, all of which the company has said it plans to renovate.

A longtime women’s clothing store in downtown Charleston will soon be a memory.

The owner of Nancy’s at 342 King St. sold the three-story building recently for $2.3 million, and the 1,750-square-foot retail shop of nearly 28 years will close within 30 days, property owner Nancy Lerner said.

“It has been a fabulous ride for me,” Lerner said. “When I opened, I thought I would never make it with my fashion sense, but I made it and I’m leaving because I want to leave and start a new chapter.”

She said the retail industry has changed and King Street along with it.

“It’s become a walking mall,” Lerner said. “It’s not a fashion destination anymore.”

She also lamented the rise of national chains paying top dollar for retail space downtown.

“If people don’t own their own buildings, it’s difficult to stay in business in downtown Charleston,” she said. “I have been fortunate to own my own building and my own business.”

On her Facebook page, she wrote, “I will not be wanting for a thing for the rest of my life.”

She declined to name the buyer or say anything about its plans for the building, but Charleston County property records show the new owner is Susie Q 58 LLC.

Lerner said she plans “to chill” and possibly start offering home fashion parties with a business partner.

A new upscale consignment shop is coming to downtown Charleston. Redefined will open Tuesday at 113 Church St. A grand-opening celebration is planned for April 9.

The boutique will feature a variety of high-end clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories.

The shop will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with abbreviated hours on Sunday.

Downtown Charleston’s latest restaurant arrives Friday.

MOD Pizza will open at 11 a.m. at 145 Calhoun St. as part of the redevelopment of the former Millennium Music building across from Marion Square.

The first 52 people through the door will receive a free pizza, and all proceeds from opening day sales will benefit homeless shelter One80 Place.

A Mount Pleasant gift shop will close Thursday. Harbor Specialities of Charleston at 893 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Patriots Plaza Shopping Center is shutting down and will reopen in a temporary location in mid-March at 1514 Mathis Ferry Road as Elizabeth Joyce Monograms. Everything in the shop is 60 percent off. The store is open Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A new dance studio is headed to West Ashley. Dance Lab is expected to open by early summer in a 2,515-square-foot space in Village Square Shopping Center at 1660 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., according to commercial real estate firm Belk|Lucy.

U-Haul truck rental company has a new vendor in Mount Pleasant. Uncle Bob’s Self Storage at 1514 Mathis Ferry Road will offer trucks, towing equipment, rental items and boxes for moving needs.

Rentals will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Family Dollar plans to add another discount store to the Charleston area. A sign at Trolley and Crestview roads in Summerville says a new store is coming soon. The Charlotte-based chain currently has 26 stores in the region.

A longtime Charleston-area photographer is putting on his lens cap one last time and moving to Florida with his wife. Larry Workman of Larry Workman Photography will close Monday after four decades of capturing images.

Workman moved to Charleston in 1976 as a photographer for the former catalog showroom merchandiser Sam Solomon Co. Three years later, he opened his own studio in the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street and was there 16 years. He has been working out of his home in Hollywood.

Charleston Angler’s 16th annual Spring Fling Fishing Expo is set for March 5 at all store locations in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston. The retailer will introduce new shirt designs and offer 16 percent off select merchandise.

Free seminars on saltwater fly fishing and baits will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1113 Market Center Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Fly tying can be learned all day at the 654 St. Andrews Blvd. shop in West Ashley, along with a 1 p.m. session on kids’ cast nets.

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