Dollar General is testing customers' taste for adult beverages sales in some of its 8,800 stores.

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based discount chain, with $11.8 billion in sales last year, is experimenting with alcohol sales in some regional stores for the first time, according to spokeswoman Emily Weiss.

Recently filed legal notices show the chain, through an entity called Dolgencorp LLC, is seeking approval from the state Department of Revenue to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption at nearly all of its locations in the Charleston region as well as Walterboro.

Another retailer with a sizable local presence also is seeking to get a boost from booze sales: Pharmacy giant Walgreens earlier this year said it plans to start stocking wine and beer again.

Growth spurt

DwellSmart is moving its Mount Pleasant store to downtown Charleston for more space, according to commercial broker Trey Lucy of Grubb & Ellis/WRS. The environmentally friendly home furnishings, clothing and personal products store plans to leave its 4,000-square-foot 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. site for a 13,020-square-foot shop at 804 Meeting St., the former site of Berlin's Restaurant Supply. The DwellSmart shop is owned by Mary Gatch.

Retail radar

--Peach Tree Bakery recently opened at 214 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek. It specializes in made-from-scratch desserts and is owned by Larry and Brenda Hill.

--Blue Mercury, a cosmetic and skin care store, has occupied the space left vacant by K. Morgan at 255 King St. in Charleston. The Washington, D.C.-based chain is open seven days a week. K. Morgan has moved to 93 Society St.

--Saffron Cafe at 333 East Bay St. hopes to reopen by Tuesday after renovations are completed.

--Towne Centre Tobacco and Wine plans to move from Mount Pleasant Towne Centre to the Market at Oakland shopping center on U.S. 17 North. Owner John Whitley hopes to move within 60 days to the 2,600-square-foot space, according to Market at Oakland spokeswoman Holly Henrich.

--Kids & Company, a children's bedding and furniture store that opened about six weeks ago at 617 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. near Eco Fitness in Mount Pleasant, has decided to close, according to a spokeswoman.

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