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New restaurant coming to Charleston; new flooring store headed to Mount Pleasant

A new doughnut and burger restaurant will soon open in downtown Charleston.

Hero Doughnuts & Buns is expected to open in February at 145 Calhoun St., in the former ground-floor location of Panera Bread across from Marion Square.

The Alabama-based shop will offer burgers, sandwiches, salads and doughnuts.

The company recently applied for an alcohol license for the on-premise consumption of beer, wine and liquor.

The new diner will be founder Will Drake's fifth location. Two others are in Birmingham with another on the way in its home base while another shop is in Atlanta.

Flooring Factory

Flooring Factory, which operates a store in Goose Creek, recently leased space for a new location next to Stuckey Furniture off Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant. Lee & Associates/Provided

Floor it

A flooring store in Goose Creek plans to open a new location in Mount Pleasant.

Flooring Factory LLC recently leased 8,450 square feet of retail space at 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., according to the commercial real estate firm Lee & Associates. It's in the same retail center as Stuckey Furniture just south of the Bowman Road interchange.

The retailer operates in part of the same building at 205 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek where discount grocer Aldi plans to open a new store.

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Flooring Factory owner Livia Sousa said the Mount Pleasant location is under renovation and is expected to open in March.

As for the current location in Goose Creek, she said the company is looking for another site in the city for its flooring, kitchen and bathroom remodeling business.

The business employs about five people but will double its workforce when the new store in Mount Pleasant opens, Sousa said

Motherland Essentials

Andrea Davis snips the ribbon on her new shop Motherland Essentials, a skincare products store in Summerville. Provided

Now open

Skincare products store Motherland Essentials recently snipped the ribbon on its new store in Summerville. The shop, owned by Andrea Davis, carries handcrafted, small-batch items made with natural ingredients at 405 N. Maple St.

California Tortilla

California Tortilla recently opened in an outparcel building at the Publix-anchored Riverland Market Shopping Center on James Island. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Cleaning up

A new car-cleaning business is being proposed for James Island. Fins Car Wash wants to locate at 1325 Folly Road on an undeveloped outparcel near Publix supermarket in Riverland Market.

The proposed business is near two new restaurants that opened over the past couple of months in the new retail center. California Tortilla is in a building on an outparcel while Fire Grill Sushi & Hibachi is in a smaller space a few doors down from Publix.

The proposed car wash is still making its way through the city of Charleston's review process.

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing, expanding or in the works? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.

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