James Is. Walmart debuts expansion soon

File/Staff The Walmart store on Folly Road

The James Island Walmart is about to debut its 17,000-square-foot addition.

The discount retail giant at 1231 Folly Road will open its expanded footprint in August at the former 123,275-square-foot big-box building.

The world's largest retailer opened on James Island in 1995, two years after the completion of the James Island Expressway greatly expanded access to the area.

It was the only Walmart in the Charleston area that did not offer groceries or was not set up as a Supercenter. The expansion makes way for a full line of groceries.

The expanded store is hiring 85 full- and part-time workers for grocery, bakery and supervisory positions. Those interested should apply online at walmartstores.com/Careers.

Wash Wizard Car Wash will open a fourth Charleston-area location Friday.

The new car wash at 2727 N. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant, near Jack's Cosmic Dogs, will feature free do-it-yourself vacuums with every wash purchase and two automated pay kiosks for individual purchases and monthly pass users who have a special tag in the windshield.

It's owned by Casey McKinley.

Diva, a women's clothing boutique based in Annapolis, Md., has opened a second location at 341 King St. in downtown Charleston.

The new retailer took over the space formerly occupied by Cynthia Rowley, which moved down the street last month.

Diva is holding its grand opening through Saturday with daily specials and discounts.

The owner, Michele Deckman, will divide her time between the two stores.

San Francisco-based Goorin Bros. Hat Shop plans to open a store at 377 King St., Unit B.

The 937-square-foot shop should open in August, according to Buddy Bebergal and Kit Regnery of Carolina Commercial Real Estate.

Renovated and renamed sushi restaurant Izakaya Hiro, at 298 King St. in downtown Charleston, is now open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. The full menu will be available by Friday at the eatery once called Sushi Hiro.

Hideya Ishibashi will continue to serve as the head sushi chef. Menu additions include Ramen dishes and Yakitori options as well as more local fish.

The renovated restaurant hopes to add a small karaoke room in the future.

A CNN/HLN production crew will be in Charleston today through Saturday to film a piece on Alluette's Cafe.

The national network will feature the holistic soul food restaurant at 80-A Reid St. on its “Small Successful Business” segment.

Owned by Alluette Jones-Smalls, the “no pork” restaurant uses fresh organic vegetables, fruits, herb and spices; fresh local hormone-free meats; and fresh locally wild-caught seafood.

CNN/HLN followed the progress of Alluette's Cafe for two years before contacting her about the segment.

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