Planet Fitness adds gym in Mt. P.

The Ross Dress for Less store in Mount Pleasant is closing after 10 years at the Long Point Road location.

Planet Fitness is now open in a former Food Lion in Mount Pleasant. The 31,000-square-foot gym is at 601 Belle Station.

It is the fitness chain’s largest gym in South Carolina, offering more than 100 pieces of cardio gear, two full lines of strength equipment, massage chairs and beds, tanning and group fitness training. Separate rooms feature exercise towers with kettle bells, resistance bands and medicine balls, a half-hour express workout and a 12-minute abdominal regimen.

Two other local Planet Fitness gyms are in North Charleston and West Ashley.

Wal-Mart will hire 95 full-time and part-time workers for its new Neighborhood Market, opening in Goose Creek near Central and St. James avenues.

A temporary employment center is open at 2110 Greenridge Road in North Charleston. Applications are being accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or online anytime at

The majority of the hires will begin work in January to help prepare the store for its grand opening. An opening date has not been announced.

Mount Pleasant’s only Ross Dress for Less is closing, as is a golf retailer.

The Ross apparel location at 627 Long Point Road near Belle Hall Shopping Center will close Sunday. The closure will leave three stores in the Lowcountry for the chain — in Charleston, North Charleston and Summerville.

Also closing in Mount Pleasant is Pro Golf of Charleston. The specialty shop at 1602 U.S. Highway 17, just north of Interstate 526, is liquidating its inventory with items up to 50 percent off.

Electronic Benefits Transfer services will be out of commission briefly over the weekend.

The state Department of Social Services said the EBT system will be down from 11 p.m. Saturday until about 10 a.m. Sunday while the agency converts to a different vendor.

EBT is the method used to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, more commonly referred to as food stamps. JP Morgan Chase currently provides those services. Xerox EBT Services was awarded the contract in April.

SNAP recipients will continue to use their existing EBT cards after the transition. Anyone who experiences card trouble after the change can call 800-554-5268. About 100,000 South Carolina households receive SNAP benefits through EBT cards.

After 21 years of owning Consigning Women in West Ashley, owner Ann Shimer has sold the business.

The new owner is Amanda Macom, the longtime store manager. The Avondale store opened in 1989, and Shimer bought it in 1994. She continues to own and operate Consigning Women and Men in Mount Pleasant, which she opened in 2010.

Consigner accounts will stay where the items were originally consigned. People can consign at both locations, but the accounts will be separate and cannot be transferred between stores.

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An early education and child-care center soon will be a part of the Nexton community in Summerville.

Fenton Development Group recently purchased 1.6 acres in MeadWestvaco’s Nexton development for $482,100 to create the Rainbow Child Care Center on Brighton Park Boulevard, according to the real estate firm NAI Avant. Nexton is near Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17A in Summerville.

A children’s music academy will bring The Plaza at Park West to 100 percent occupancy. Black Tie Music Academy recently leased 1,445 square feet at 1118 Park West Blvd. in Mount Pleasant and plans to open in the spring.

Also, a new alcoholic beverage retail store is coming to West Ashley. The as-yet-unnamed shop will occupy 2,460 square feet at Pierpont Crossing at 2408 Ashley River Road, according to Will Sherrod with Lee & Associates commercial real estate. It’s now going through the permitting and licensing process.

Greenville-based Spinx recently opened its seventh convenience store in the Charleston area at 9636 U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson. It is the only Spinx in the Charleston market that accepts Bi-Lo Fuelperks. ... Nick’s Gyros & Phillys opened Tuesday at 6150 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston, near Aviation Avenue.

An electronic cigarette store called Zuluvape is coming to West Ashley. The 1,000-square-foot shop will occupy part of Midway Plaza at 1300 Savannah Highway, according to NAI Avant commercial real estate firm.

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