Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods plan to replace former Kmart in Mount Pleasant

Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods is expanding to Mount Pleasant after establishing stores in West Ahsley and Summerville.

After 35 years anchored by Kmart, the shopping strip at Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant will be redeveloped to make way for at least two major national retailers.

Design plans submitted to the town of Mount Pleasant reveal a new facade and a restructuring of the shopping center's five parcels. The former Kmart superstore, which closed in January, will be split into two storefronts designed for Nordstrom Rack and Dick's Sporting Goods.

The off-price apparel store owned by Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. is planned for the storefront closest to U.S. Highway 17, and Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods is planned for a slightly larger parcel next door.

The site design renderings do not include signage for tenants of the other three parcels.

Daniel Island-based Grove Property Fund LLC, owners of the 131,000-square-foot shopping center, plan to partially demolish and redesign the center with updated storefronts and landscaping, according to the town documents. The company cannot yet comment on the plans, said Ed Navarro, a principal of Grove Property Fund.

"This is a renovation project and does include improvements to the parking lot that will be enhancements particularly with landscaping and lighting," said Christiane Farrell, director of the Mount Pleasant planning department.

The current tenants of the shopping strip, Southcoast Hair Studio, Carolina Carpet and Dollar General, were told in February to vacate their storefronts by June 30.

Little Caesar's does not plan to close for another few months, Navarro said.

The manager of Dollar General said the store could be shuttered as soon as June 1, but decisions about the closure are not yet final.

Pamela Snipe-McCloud, owner of Southcoast Hair Studio, said she is downsizing her business after two years due to the redevelopment. She will close the storefront and instead rent salon space from Salon Solas in Belle Hall Shopping Center.

"It (the shopping strip) needs to be upgraded, but it's sad to see it all go," Snipe-McCloud said.

Nordstrom Inc. does not currently have any South Carolina locations, but two Nordstrom Rack stores are planned to open this fall in Columbia and Greenville.

The company has been rapidly expanding its portfolio of Rack stores, with 27 new store openings in the past year.

Nordstrom reported last week that the off-price chain has been driving significant profits for the company recently. Rack stores had second-quarter sales gains of about 20 percent over the same three-month period a year ago, according to financial statements.

Dick's Sporting Goods will be the first super center for athletic apparel and equipment in Mount Pleasant. The retailer has an existing stores in West Ashley's Citadel Mall and at Azalea Square in Summerville.

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