Mayor to announce ‘major’ retailer for West Ashley

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will announce a major new retailer for West Ashley on Wednesday.

The announcement is set for 12:30 p.m. at Charleston Tennis Center on Farmfield Drive, his office said Tuesday.

Tecklenburg, who lives in West Ashley, campaigned on revitalizing that area of the city. Landing a major retailer less than two months after being sworn in would help West Ashley and be a start on making good on that commitment.

His spokesman, Jack O’Toole, declined to comment Tuesday.

One possibility is that the retailer is Whole Foods Market. Last summer, the chain announced it would open its second store in the Charleston area, but it has yet to divulge the location.

A Whole Foods spokesperson did not immediately return an email or a call for comment.

The Texas-based company operates another local grocery store in Patriots Plaza Shopping Center at 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. It opened there in 2004 in a former 42,000-square-foot Bi-Lo supermarket.

Its new store would be about 48,000 square feet, according to a company earnings report last year.

The Austin company operates 437 stores in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.

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