Folly Road Walmart on tap for expansion

Walmart wants to expand its store on Folly Road.

After shelving plans to redo the Walmart at 1231 Folly Road on James Island last year, the discount retailer is moving ahead with another expansion plan for the site.

This one calls for adding about 17,000 square feet of space near the garden center at the 123,275-square-foot big box building.

No word yet on whether groceries will be part of the expanded merchandise mix, according to Walmart regional manager Greg Ley, but it would appear logical since it's the only Walmart in the Charleston market that's not set up as a Supercenter.

Last year, ideas were bandied about to add groceries to the existing building without expanding it -- similar to the makeover that occurred at the Walmart in Wando Crossing Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant -- but those plans were scuttled.

The world's largest retailer opened on James Island in 1995, two years after the completion of the James Island Expressway greatly expanded access to the area.

The Charleston Commercial Corridor Design Review Board is set to take up the proposal Feb. 10.

Checking in

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. recently opened at 4399 Dorchester Road in Dorchester Square in North Charleston. The new restaurant offers a double drive-thru with a walk-up window, as well as outdoor seating.

It's the eighth Checkers for Andy Pye, head of Augusta Burgers Express Inc.

Sprouting

Baker's Pond and Garden Center at 807 Central Ave. in Summerville recently expanded with a new 900-square-foot gift cottage. Owned by Kay and Dennis Baker, the renovated addition carries a wide range of items from local vendors, including photographs, bird feeders, aprons, jewelry, wooden crafts, iron work, vintage items, antiques and collectibles, as well interior design help.

Catering

Vinzenz Aschbacher, formerly of Charleston Place Hotel, recently launched Red Velvet Catering at 2872 Azalea Dr. in North Charleston. He specializes in small parties including corporate lunches, bridal events, special occasion cakes, exclusive desserts and customized menus.

High spirits

Harbor Spirits recently moved from the Food Lion-anchored shopping center on St. Andrews Boulevard in West Ashley across the street to a renovated 3,500-square-foot building that has been vacant for several years, according to Jim Wilson, assistant manager of the adult beverage store. Wilson said the store moved to 816 St. Andrews Blvd. because it had outgrown the former 1,500-square-foot space and wanted more visibility on the high-traffic road. Todd Potter is the general manager and part owner.

Parking pass

In 2009, 7,676 holiday parking vouchers were redeemed; in 2010, 11,828 vouchers were used to park free in downtown Charleston, according to Susan Lucas of King Street Marketing Group. Merchants and shoppers can thank to the city of Charleston for the perk.

In the know? Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524. See his next retail column in Monday's Business Review.