The shelves are stocked, the parking lot is striped and the registers are ready.
North Carolina-based Lowes Foods will open the doors to its second Charleston-area supermarket in Mount Pleasant at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The 48,800-square-foot store is the anchor tenant of the new 74,000-square-foot Market at Mill Creek Shopping Center, where nearly a dozen other retail and service industry businesses will welcome customers by this summer.
The S.C Highway 41 shopping center adjacent to the Dunes West subdivision is made up of three separate buildings. The grocer comprises the biggest chunk. Next to it will be Marco's Pizza. Between them, an outdoor beer garden has been set up.
"They have one like this in Simpsonville, and it's always packed," said Jack Coupland of Adams Property Group of Charleston, which developed the 12-acre retail project in a joint venture with Virginia-based Armada Hoffler Properties Inc.
Also on the way are Tipsy Nails, Mill Creek Spirits, Sea Island Urgent Care, Sweet Frog Yogurt and Fuji Sushi in the building next to Lowes.
Many of them could open over the next two months.
On the side of the shopping center, another row of businesses are taking shape in a separate building. They include Mexican restaurant Agaves Cantina, Bubbles Gift Shoppe, Supercuts and a Starbucks cafe. Many of them will open in the summer, Coupland said.
A less-than-acre outparcel in front of the grocery store remains vacant after plans to include a gas station were abandoned. Two spaces in the shopping center have not yet been leased.
Next to the future Starbucks lies another undeveloped 1.17-acre parcel. It will be the future site of an undisclosed fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru, said Franklin Adams, president of Adams Property Group.
A little farther to the west along Highway 41, four acres that had been part of the Mill Creek site have been sold. and will become a dental office, a car wash and tire store, Adams said.
Developers are trying to get a traffic light installed at the entrance to the shopping center at Woodpark Drive, according to Coupland.
Lowes, which is headquartered in Winston-Salem, is the second full-service grocer to open in the rapidly developing area. A Harris Teeter supermarket is almost directly across Highway 41, and Publix plans to build a nearby store along Clements Ferry Road at the planned 9,000-home Cainhoy Plantation development.
Adams said the Market at Mill Creek will fill a void for more shopping and dining options in the area.
"We are hearing that from the neighbors around here," he said.
Lowes Foods' only other Charleston-area store opened in 2017 on Dorchester Road in Summerville.