Nordstrom Rack to open in Mount Pleasant in September

Nordstrom Rack plans to open Sept. 3 in the new Bowman Place shopping center in Mount Pleasant.

Bowman Place, the new Mount Pleasant shopping center created out of an old Kmart site, is slowly filling up.

Nordstrom Rack will open Sept. 3. It will be the second shop to open in the high-profile site at Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road. Dick’s Sporting Goods opened this week at the site. Dick’s three-day grand opening celebration starts Friday.

Others coming to the new shopping center later this year include DSW, or Designer Shoe Warehouse, and Kitchen & Company, an upscale cookware and kitchen gadgets store.

The kitchen store will host a hiring event 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Wyndham Garden hotel at 1330 Stuart Engals Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

Wal-Mart’s second Neighborhood Market in the Greater Charleston area is ready to open.

The new store on St. James Avenue in Goose Creek will open June 24. It’s the second of four openings this year in the Charleston area of the smaller-store concept for the world’s largest retailer.

Two other stores will open in August on Ladson Road in North Charleston and Dorchester Road in Summerville. The first store opened in May on Red Bank Road in Goose Creek. The stores feature groceries, a hot line, some household items and drive-thru pharmacies.

The Waffle House at 2229 Savannah Highway is aiming for a whole new look.

Plans submitted to the city of Charleston call for the existing restaurant to be replaced with a new building. The city’s Technical Review Committee will look over the plans Thursday.

Copper Penny is planning its most distant store to date from its Charleston home base.

The upscale women’s and apparel boutique hopes to open its ninth location in Brentwood, Tenn., an affluent suburb of Nashville, by mid-August.

The shop will be in the CityPark development on Franklin Road. Copper Penny plans to open another store in Charlotte in August as well, according to co-owner Penny Vaigneur.

San Francisco-based Gap Inc. says it will close 175 specialty stores over the next few years, with 140 closing by January.

The closings will not affect outlet or factory stores.

In the Charleston area, Gap has stores downtown on King Street and at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

Gap has not announced which stores will close. It will continue to have about 500 specialty stores and 300 outlet stores after the closings are completed.

A shop near Park Circle has not only changed hands but changed its name as well.

Lynn Sikora recently purchased the former Quisqueya Deli and Groceries at 1073 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston, renovated it and is now calling it Olde Village Market & Deli.

The former owner, Mike Torres, decided to retire after owning the shop for about 10 years.

Sikora plans to carry some of the same items and keep the deli, but she is adding produce, organic foods and healthier options. The shop is open seven days a week.

Blue Max Materials of Charleston, seller of stone, gravel and related building materials, recently acquired Fieldstone Center of Johns Island as part of its Charleston division. The company is based in Charlotte.

The new shop at 3066 Maybank Highway will operate as the company’s Johns Island Yard. The other shop is at 2716 S.C. Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant. A third site is planned for Summerville later this year next to sister company Blue Max Trucking at 255 Farmington Road.

Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners has added a new drop-off/pickup site at 4400 Marblehead Lane in the Mixson development of North Charleston.

Customers can place garments in an open locker, add a four-digit code to lock, then text, call or fill out an online form for a van to pick up the items. When the laundry is ready, customers receive an email and text with the locker number and code to pick up clothes.

The cleaner has full-service locations in downtown Charleston and West Ashley.

Father’s Day usually doesn’t garner the attention of Mother’s Day, but consumers still plan to boost spending about 1.6 percent this year.

The National Retail Federation projects spending will reach $12.7 billion on gifts for Dad. Father’s Day is Sunday. The average person will spend about $116 on everything from golf lessons and home-improvement tools to coffee mugs and dress shirts. That’s up slightly from last year’s $114 average layout on gifts.

Charleston Friends of the Library will hold its second book sale of the year at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library Friday through Sunday at 68 Calhoun St.

Money raised supports library services, equipment, training, materials and public programming.

Books, DVDs, and CDs will be available starting at $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books. Children’s books start at 50 cents.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free with special book pricing on the final day.

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524.