Lumber retailer builds on success

In a sign of the growth taking place in the Summerville area, 84 Lumber will double in size and add new employees.

The wood products retailer at 2520 W. 5th North St. recently acquired a 50,000-square-foot building on 4.5 acres adjacent to its current 50,000-square-foot operation, according to General Manager Jack Holt.

“We’ve just outgrown the current building,” he said.

84 Lumber plans to use the new space for a door shop, storage and international trade in about 60-90 days. The business currently has 42 employees, but Holt expects to add about 15 more workers with the expansion. The store is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

A Mount Pleasant building that’s catered to the nightlife crowd off and on for the past several years will become a showroom and administrative offices for a Lowcountry-based international home furnishings company. Maxwood Furniture will move into the 6,710-square-foot site in Lafayette Village at 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. after extensive renovation, according to Lee & Associates, a commercial real estate firm.

Maxwood, founded in 2004, relocated its headquarters to the Lowcountry in 2013. The building sold for $700,000. The maker of the world’s largest kids furniture system is now at 578 East Bay St. in Charleston.

Lowcountry Olive Oil will hold a ribbon-cutting at 103-D S. Main St. in Summerville at 10 a.m. April 30. It offers more than 50 Carolina-infused olive oils and vinegars. Refreshments will be provided.

Brackish, a high-end men’s fashion accessory line headquartered and handcrafted in Charleston, is now available in Neiman Marcus stores around the country.

A selection of Brackish bow ties and Plum Thicket pins can be found in the upscale retailer’s stores in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Beverly Hills.

Neiman Marcus will carry 11 designs, represented by seven original feather bow ties and four lapel pins. Because each product is handcrafted from all-natural sustainably sourced feathers, no two products are identical. Brackish products are in more than 120 retailers across 20 states and in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Locally, the ties can be found at Grady Ervin & Co., the Preservation Society of Charleston, Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, Charleston Tuxedo and Charleston Angler stores.

After two and a half years in operation, Gennaro’s Italian Ristorante has closed at 1280 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. It operates another restaurant at 8500 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

Also, Frederick’s of Hollywood lingerie retailer filed bankruptcy over the weekend and closed all of its stores, including one at Northwoods Mall in North Charleston.

After nearly three years in downtown Charleston, an Italian company that designs and produces personal and professional leather accessories, writing instruments and paper goods is closing. Campo Marzio’s last day at 318 King St. is Saturday. Purchases are 50 to 75 percent off. Its sister firm, Charleston Bag Co., will continue to operate online, offering Campo Marzio’s handbags and other items.

Colorado-based Fresh Produce women’s clothing and accessories has filed for bankruptcy reorganization. Its 27 stores, including one in the Shoppes at Belmond Charleston Place at 128 Market St. in downtown Charleston, will remain open as it seeks a buyer. Its other South Carolina store is in Myrtle Beach.

Motorists can receive $5 for every auto or marine battery they bring in to any one of 34 AAA Car Care Centers or 58 approved auto repair shops in North and South Carolina through Sunday.

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The Great Battery Roundup is held each April around Earth Day, which was Wednesday. You do not have to be a member to participate.

More than 10,000 used batteries in the Carolinas have been turned in for proper disposal during three previous Earth Weeks at AAA. For a list of car-care sites, go to

Kia Country at 2361 Savannah Highway has applied for a permit to redevelop its auto sales store in West Ashley. Charleston County records show the showroom was built 12 years ago.

Bob Ellis Shoes will feature a Stuart Weitzman trunk show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 332 King St. in Charleston.

A new women’s upscale seasonal consignment event is headed to Mount Pleasant Saturday. Charleston Style Exchange allows women to consign their seasonal items and earn money for clothing no longer wanted. The event at Belle Hall Plantation Clubhouse on Belle Hall Parkway off Long Point Road will benefit My Sister’s House, a local charity helping women in need.

The event runs 8 a.m.-3 p.m., closes for an hour, and then reopens from 4 to 7 p.m. with a 50 percent discount sale.

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