Another longtime family business in downtown Charleston is set to become a hotel.
Plans for a 24-room boutique hotel in the former Bob Ellis Shoes at 332 King St. are up for review next week.
The Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals must approve the request and has announced a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, in their first-floor meeting room in the Gaillard Center.
The board recently approved plans for 50 rooms at the former Dixie Furniture site, another longtime business on King Street.
Bob Ellis, at King and George streets, is a short walk from the heart of the College of Charleston. The hotel rooms would be on the upper floors of the three-story building, with two stores on the ground floor, according to Chris Kendrick at Keller Williams Commercial, who is representing a potential buyer.
The upper floors had been used for storage, he said. A retail tenant has signed a letter of intent, pending approval of the plans, and another tenant is being sought, Kendrick said.
Several parking options were being discussed this week and a plan will be presented at the board meeting, Kendrick said.
The Kalinsky family bought the 18,000-square-foot building in 1973. Barry Kalinsky said in a previous interview that it was a hard decision to sell but cited increasing competition and rising prices.
"I tried to balance the business climate on King Street — the changing face to national merchants — with the 66-year legacy of our store and decided it seemed to be the time to sell," Kalinsky said.
Kalinsky has since gone to work for Carriage Properties, a local real estate company.
Dixie Furniture closed its downtown store at 529 King St. in May after 71 years on the peninsula. Plans for a hotel there also preserve retail space on the ground floor. The buildings contain 24,000 square feet and sold in May for $6.75 million.
The former Morris Sokol Furniture store, another longtime family business at 510 King St., sold in February 2016 for $22.5 million. The sale included the 37,000-square-foot showroom, a 10,000-square-foot storage room and a 24,000-square-foot vacant lot. Plans for the site have not been announced.