Lowes Foods eyes Summerville market

The closest Lowes Foods supermarkets to Charleston are along the Grand Strand. This store is in the chain’s hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. File

The crowded Mount Pleasant grocery store market is about to gain a new competitor.

Lowes Foods, a family-owned supermarket chain based in Winston-Salem, N.C., plans to open a nearly 50,000-square-foot store at S.C. Highway 41 and Wood Park Drive near The Gates at Dunes West subdivision. With more than 100 stores, the chain operates in the Carolinas, with five supermarkets along the Grand Strand. The nearest is on U.S. Highway 17 near Pawleys Island.

The store, including a 12-pump gas station, is planned as part of a nearly 78,000-square-foot shopping center called The Market at Mill Creek. Adams Development Co. of Charleston plans the structure on a 12-acre site across from the entrance to the Planters Pointe subdivision.

The shopping center will include five smaller stores, a gas station kiosk and a 4,500-square-foot building on an outparcel. The parking lot will not be visible from nearby roads because it will be placed in the center of the property with separate buildings and tree buffers surrounding it.

The town’s Planning and Development Committee earlier this week recommended a 50-foot buffer on Highway 41 and a 10-foot masonry wall along the rear of the site, according to Christiane Farrell with the town’s planning department. A new traffic light is proposed as part of the development as well as new turn lanes close to the site.

Construction could begin in November with completion in late 2016, according to plans submitted to the town. Town Council is expected to take up the proposal when it meets Tuesday.

A Lowes spokeswoman did not return a call for comment. The company is not affiliated with Lowe’s, the home improvement retailer also based in North Carolina.

Just down the street from a new Walgreens that opened in May in Mount Pleasant is a new locally owned pharmacy with different offerings.

Tidewater Pharmacy and Medical Supply is now open at 421 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., next door to Trader Joe’s. Parking is in the rear of the new three-story building that also has office space.

The full-service retail pharmacy offers compounding services and medical supplies and accepts all insurances. The owner and pharmacist is Chad Straughan.

A grand opening is set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18. It will include promotions throughout the store as well as gift baskets from Southern Season.

Oakbrook Sportswear is now open at 1704-B Trolley Road in Summerville. It deals in NFL, NASCAR and NCAA clothing and other sports-related items. Gayle Moore and Rahshan Rocquemore co-own the 1,200-square-foot store in the Shops at Trolley shopping center.

The co-owners plan a grand reopening in August closer to the start of football season. Rocquemore said it will include a tailgate party and specials.

The owner of a Victorian tea room called Time Well Spent in Summerville is expanding with a new offering.

Eve Mickendrow now offers the Perfect Party Place in a separate building at 211 Stallsville Road. The 2,000-square-foot space in a Victorian house will serve as a little girls’ party place, offering teacups to tiaras.

Charleston Specialty Foods has leased a 4,355-square-foot space in PierPont Crossing shopping center at 2408 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, according to Will Sherrod of the commercial real estate firm Lee and Associates. The shop currently operates at 4365 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

Nadeau Furniture store will celebrate the grand opening of its second Charleston area shop 5-7 p.m. July 24.

The new store will open at 709 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. The other shop is at 640 Coleman Blvd., also in Mount Pleasant.

Many of its items are curated from India and Indonesia, and no two pieces are alike.

As part of the grand opening, artists Karen Velasquez and Amy Elizabeth Bork will showcase their artwork, musician Eric Vaughn will perform, while Stox & Co. will display a few of its favorite pieces of jewelry.

“With the ever-changing demand and growth in Charleston, the request for more choices has become apparent. This is the perfect time for an expansion, and I am personally excited about all the possibilities and adventures the new location will bring to our community,” said store manager Carly Greeley.

The new Ruth’s Chris Steak House in downtown Charleston started offering lunch Wednesday.

The 55 S. Market St. restaurant that opened in May is now serving midday meals prepared by executive chef Jonathan Kaldas from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Harris Teeter supermarkets will continue as the presenting sponsor for the 6th Annual Charleston Marathon Jan. 15-17 in Charleston and North Charleston.

The event benefits the Youth Endowment for the Arts, a nonprofit program that works to support equitable, quality fine arts programming for local children.

Since 2011, the annual 26.2-mile race has raised more than $370,000.

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