Hogs of the Harley variety invade Hog Island

The scene from the flight deck of the Yorktown at Patriots Point as military riders demonstrated the H-D Street 500 last week.

The area around Patriots Point was once called Hog Island, which dovetailed nicely with a Harley-Davidson promotion last week.

The Milwaukee-based manufacturer used the aircraft carrier Yorktown at the Mount Pleasant tourist attraction to launch a free motorcycle training program for members of the U.S. military.

Harley-Davidson, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HOG,” said its “Learn to Ride” initiative is open to active-duty personnel, retirees, reservists and veterans. It starts May 16, which is Armed Forces Day, and runs through Sept. 13.

All U.S-based military members can sign up at a Harley-Davidson dealer or by going to h-d.com/militarylearntoride. If the program isn’t available in a particular area, the company will issue a gift card for the cost of the certified motorcycle safety course.

Eligible service members deployed outside the U.S. can receive a voucher good through 2016.

The launch on the Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum included a riding demonstration by Army veteran and two-time Paralympian Heath Calhoun along with some other military riders.

Jeff Immelt, the General Electric CEO and a big golf enthusiast, is looking to buy into a group that’s purchasing a private Johns Island layout through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

A document filed last week shows Immelt is one of three additional investors who have indicated they plan to buy a minority interest in The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek.

A judge is scheduled to decide whether to approve an $11.3 million purchase offer for the property and other assets this week. That proposal came from billionaire Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, who originally had two partners: Florida produce mogul Edward L. Myrick and Kiawah Island resident John D. Carifa, the CEO of the bankrupt club’s executive committee.

McNair will be the majority owner of Briar’s Creek even if the three new investors follow through and put some skin in the game, according to the filing.

Immelt, who has owned a vacation home on nearby Kiawah for years, was a founding member of Briar’s Creek when it opened 15 year ago, along with McNair, Myrick and Carifa and 16 other investors who ponied up $700,000 each.

Also seeking a minority stake is Rees Jones, the designer of the gated 18-hole course off River Road.

The court filing did not disclose how much the three new investors will invest in Briar’s Creek, which sought bankruptcy protection in February after a sharp decline in revenue brought on by the last recession.

Electric car owners can now charge it at several small inns in South Carolina and elsewhere, under a program involving a Charleston nonprofit hospitality organization.

Daniel Island-based Select Registry said Rhett House Inn in Beaufort, Bloomsbury Inn in Camden and Abingdon Manor Country Inn and Restaurant in Latta are among its 170 member lodgings in 34 states and Canada where Tesla drivers can or will soon be able to charge their vehicles. More than 60 properties are already outfitted with the stations, the group said.

“Offering electric vehicle charging is yet another high-end amenity and valued convenience our member properties can offer their guests,” Select Registry CEO Jay Karen said in a statement.

Belmond Charleston Place, the largest hotel on the peninsula, already is equipped with a couple of charging stations for Tesla cars, Tesla Motors Inc. spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson said.

The company plans to add more, she said.

The site of the former Super Bad clothing store on Upper King Street is closer to regaining a new building.

Plans have been submitted to the city of Charleston for a two-story, 6,600-square-foot structure at 532 King St. to replace the previous one demolished last year. The building, owned by Abraham and Aida Dabit, was razed after being damaged by construction on the nearby lot. Engineers deemed it unsalvageable and the city ordered it demolished.

New plans show the Super Bad store on the drawings for the first floor and office space for the second floor.

Basim Hassouneh, owner of the Super Bad shop, is a relative of Abraham Dabit. Last year, after seeing the business he had operated on the site for 26 years crumble to the ground, he vowed to come back better than ever.

Super Bad now operates out of Fabian Shopping Center on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

Hassouneh said once the city approves all the plans and issues permits, building construction will take about five or six months.