Furniture store eyeing space east of Cooper River

Ohio-based Arhaus Furniture is considering a site in Mount Pleasant for a new store.

The former Hallmark store at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre could become a new home furnishings store, but it hasn’t signed a lease yet. Ohio-based Arhaus Furniture has applied for a permit to expand the former card store by 6,000 square feet. The extra space would be added on either end of the building over the next couple of months, said shopping center spokeswoman Jewel Davey.

Arhaus has 54 stores in 20 states. The East Cooper location would mark its debut into South Carolina. The nearest stores are in Raleigh and Atlanta. A spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

After 20 years in business, The Fire House Casual Living Store at 709 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is turning off the lights as owners Ed and Mary Sanders retire. Its last day is May 31. It sells outdoor furniture and accessories as well as grills and fireplace products. Nadeau, a home furnishings store at 640 Coleman Blvd., is expected to relocate to the Fire House space.

A new 6,800-square-foot retail center is proposed for Johns Island.

Maybank Specialty Shoppes, a building offering different units at 3130 Maybank Highway and Hollydale Court, is planned near the Fat Hen restaurant.

Plans have been submitted to Charleston’s Design Review Board, which will consider them at 5 p.m. Thursday. The owner is Carolina Resort Properties LLC.

Raleigh-based Bevello is now open at 285 King St. in Charleston. The 2,442-square-foot women’s clothing and accessories shop will hold a grand opening 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Customers will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase and enjoy refreshments, free braids, topknots and makeup applications as well as a chance to win a $100 gift card and other prizes.

Publix and Trader Joe’s rank high in Consumer Reports’ new survey of 68 major grocery stores.

The consumer journal scored chains based on freshness, cleanliness, employee courtesy, and quality of produce, meat, baked and store-prepared goods.

Publix ranked No. 2, Trader Joe’s came in No. 3.

At the No. 1 spot was Wegmans, an Upstate New York-based food chain that operates mainly in the northeastern U.S. Wal-Mart Supercenter approached the bottom at No. 67. Waldbaum’s, a subsidiary of A&P serving the New York City area, came in last. A&P ranked just ahead of Wal-Mart.

The average shopper makes about 83 grocery shopping trips a year, spending about $5,400, and more and more they want fresh and local, the report says.

Ben & Jerry’s will offer free scoops as a thank you to customers during its 36th Free Cone Day noon-8 p.m. Tuesday. Its local shops are at 96 N. Market St. in Charleston and 1109 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms. ... VaporFi will hold a grand opening of the new electronic cigarette shop in North Charleston on Saturday. The store is at 8893 University Blvd. ... Office products retailer Charleston Imaging Products at 1315 Ashley River Road in West Ashley is changing its name to The Office People. ... The grand opening of the Night Market at the Charleston City Market is Saturday. The downtown venue includes more than 60 local artists, artisans and food vendors. The 2015 poster will be unveiled and patrons can enjoy live music 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant wants to help low-income people and its customers with a trade-in sales event.

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On Friday and Saturday, customers are asked to drop off gently used Tory Burch handbags and shoes at the store at 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd. and receive up to $40 toward the designer’s new arrivals. A bag credit is only good for another bag, and a shoe credit can only be applied toward new shoes.

All trade-ins will be donated to the North Charleston Dream Center, which works with low-income, homeless and underserved individuals and families. The locally owned department store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A new consignment shop is headed to Summerville.

Repeats Consignments & Retail LLC has leased 7,000 square feet at 613 Trolley Road, according to the commercial real estate firm Lee & Associates.

Also, Parkman Restaurant Group has leased a 1,325-square-foot space at 186 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island. The space will become Tropical Smoothie Cafe, according to Lee & Associates. In the same building, Ali Baba LLC leased a 1,437-square-foot retail space for an expansion of its existing deli.

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