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New stores on way to shuttered Pier 1 sites in Charleston; Mount Pleasant restaurant closes

A pair of darkened Pier 1 Imports stores in the Charleston area will soon be reconfigured for new tenants.

Memphis, Tenn.-based AutoZone plans to renovate the former houseware chain's location at 7643 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston while discount retailer Five Below plans to move into the former Pier 1 space in Azalea Square Shopping Center in Summerville, according to construction documents.

Plans call for the new store in North Charleston to take up 8,993 square feet in the shopping center where Outback Steakhouse operates near Northwoods Mall.

Pier 1 Imports Rivers Avenue North Charleston closed

The former Pier 1 Imports store site on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston is slated to become a retail shop for auto parts vendor AutoZone. Warren L. Wise/Staff

AutoZone has 14 stores in the Charleston area.

In Summerville, Philadelphia-based Five Below, which sells almost all items for $5 or less, plans to open a second Charleston-area location in a 10,974-square-foot shop on Azalea Square Boulevard near Ross Dress for Less.

The discount chain operates 12 other stores across South Carolina, including one in the Walmart-anchored Wando Crossing Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

With more than 950 stores in 38 states, Five Below opened 120 new stores in 2020, with the newest ones in the Palmetto State in Easley and Sumter.

Representatives of AutoZone and Five Below did not respond to requests for comment.

Pier 1 Imports filed for bankruptcy last year and closed all of its stores. It continues to have an online presence after Dallas-based Retail ECommerce Ventures  acquired the brand name last year.

Moncks Corner Marketplace rendering

Publix supermarket will anchor the new Moncks Corner Marketplace slated to be built on U.S. Highway 52 near Cypress Gardens Road in Berkeley County, starting by June of this year. Rendering/Branch Properties

Signs of growth

The developer of a new shopping center coming to the rapidly growing Moncks Corner area says the retail site will be ready for all tenants by the fall of 2022.

Atlanta-based real estate investment firm Branch Properties recently acquired a 9-acre site on U.S. Highway 52 and Cypress Gardens Road where Publix supermarket announced last May it will build a 48,387-square-foot store that will anchor the soon-to-be-developed Moncks Corner Marketplace.

Work is expected to begin during the first half of this year.

The new retail center will include 26,880 square feet of additional retail and restaurant space. Construction is expected to be completed by June 2022 with Publix expected to open in the fall of 2022.

Moncks Corner Marketplace

A sign on U.S. Highway 52 near Cypress Gardens Road shows a new retail center called Moncks Corner Marketplace that will be built next to an Exxon service station. Publix supermarket announced last May it will put a new store on the site. Warren L. Wise/Staff 

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"We have seen tremendous growth in Moncks Corner over the past several years and are constantly in need for more accessible shopping and dining offerings for our residents," Mayor Michael Lockliear said.

More than 4,000 new homes are planned for the surrounding area. Many will be near the proposed grocery store, which is eight miles south of the traditional core of the Berkeley County seat. 

"This development is a continuation of our firm’s dedication to identifying well-located sites for Publix that serve the local community," said Branch chief investment officer Jesse Shannon.

Branch recently erected a sign on the site saying the retail center is "Coming Soon."

Jim 'N Nick's door sign Mount Pleasant

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q restaurant in Mount Pleasant is now permanently closed after being temporarily closed since early last year because of the coronavirus. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Lights out

The Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q restaurant in Mount Pleasant won't be reopening after announcing last year it would be closed temporarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The building at 1486 Stuart Engals Blvd. near Walmart in Wando Crossing Shopping Center is now empty and the restaurant's name has been removed from roadside sign.

Jim 'N Nick's roadside sign Mount Pleasant

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q in Mount Pleasant recently removed its name from the brick roadside sign after deciding to close the restaurant permanently. Warren L. Wise/Staff

A manager at the Jim 'N Nick's near Tanger Outlets in North Charleston said workers recently cleaned out the East Cooper restaurant and that it won't reopen. 

The chain's other South Carolina locations are in Bluffton near Beaufort and Indian Land near Charlotte.

Trading up

Kiawah Island's only liquor store recently more than doubled in size after moving to a new location in Freshfields Village Shopping Center.

Kiawah Spirits is now in a 1,600-square-foot space at 615 Freshfields Drive between SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters and Coastal Footwear.

Owner Loren Beadle said shoppers wanted a larger space with a larger selection and more convenient parking.

The former space will now be used by FortyEight — Wine Bar & Kitchen as a private event space called FortyEight — Reserve Room in the coming months.

The beverage shop is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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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