Ice cream shop to take over Planet Smoothie spot

The Planet Smoothie shop that closed abruptly on upper King Street Monday won’t stay vacant long.

A Myrtle Beach-based ice cream company plans to open in the 900-square-foot space at 431 King St. by March 1.

“It depends on how fast we can get the permits,” company president Bradley Kohr told The Post and Courier.

The new shop will be the seventh in the privately held chain.

The Kohr family has been in the ice cream business for 98 years, starting on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania.

“Charleston has been a place we wanted to go for a long time,” Kohr said. “It’s a vibrant retail market.”

The shop will offer eight flavors in 16-ounce packages, according to its website.

“We’ve spent years on all of our flavors, carefully selecting every ingredient — from the milk and cream to the sugar and eggs,” Republic’s website states. “We’ve tasted all kinds of vanilla, searched high and low for the best cherries, and sampled hundreds of chocolate varieties from around the world. We even roast the highest grade of pecans in our own ovens so we can create the perfect Butter Pecan flavor.”

Republic Ice Cream has three other shops open and a fourth under construction in the Myrtle Beach area. Its other two shops are in Florida.

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