'Food Court Wars' filmed here today

“Food Court Wars” host and chef Tyler Florence is a 1991 graduate of the since-closed Charleston campus of Johnson & Wales University. He hails from Greenville.

The spoils of war are free food and a chance of being on TV.

The Food Network is filming a new show, “Food Court Wars,” at Citadel Mall Food Court from 3 to 7 p.m. today. Hosted by celebrity chef and Upstate native Tyler Florence, the show will give the winners their own restaurant for a year.

The way it works, the winner is determined by the most people who show up to eat their food and support them. The public is invited, and it's free.

Two local couples are competing. Kacie Faulling and Topher Pecora, who met in their senior year at the College of Charleston and are now engaged, are operating Holy City Pizzeria as the name of their restaurant for the show. Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano of Charleston Gourmet Burger Co. make up the other couple. They have a booth at the Charleston and Mount Pleasant farmers markets and also sell their own bottled burger marinade sauce.

Dollar General will mark the opening of its new store at 4775 U.S. Highway 17 in Awendaw at 8 a.m. Saturday with free prizes and special deals. The first 50 shoppers will receive $10 gift cards, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.

National Donut Day is Friday, and a few shops in the area are offering free donuts.

Kangaroo Express convenience stores, Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts all are offering the free breakfast treat while supplies last at participating shops.

Kangaroo Express, the Cary, N.C.-based convenience chain owned by The Pantry Inc., plans to give away doughnuts from 7 to 9 a.m. (one per customer) at more than 300 bakery-ready Kangaroo Express stores throughout the Southeast. Of course, the stores hope customers will buy coffee, juice or something else to go with the free doughnut, but it's not required.

Krispy Kreme at 1491 Savannah Highway in West Ashley will offer a free doughnut, while Dunkin' Donuts will offer a free donut with a beverage purchase at participating stores.

National Donut Day celebrates The Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, clothing-mending and home-cooked meals, including doughnuts, for soldiers during World War I.

Home Depot and the state of South Carolina will hold a free hurricane-readiness event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2008 Magwood Road in West Ashley.

Local companies and store experts will be on hand to answer questions, provide product demos, offer generator safety tips and distribute life-saving information in preparation for hurricane season. Food, giveaways and children's activities also are scheduled.

Denver-based Sola Salons will open Friday at 648 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant's Belle Hall Shopping Center. It's the site of the former Hollywood Videos rental store.

The 6,200-square-foot shop will have 33 suites with different stylists, according to franchise owner Wylie Pearce.

Memphis, Tenn.-based Auto Zone has applied for a permit with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to build a new store at 2033 Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. That's between the Isle of Palms connector and Cracker Barrel.

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