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Another Charleston-area former Bi-Lo supermarket to see new use after $2.9M sale

Former B-Lo Boone Hill Road

Dorchester County plans to transform the former Bi-Lo supermarket site on Boone Hill Road in Summerville into a centralized health center for several agencies. Warren L. Wise/Staff

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Darkened Summerville store bought by Dorchester County for nearly $2.9M

On the edge of Summerville, Dorchester County recently paid nearly $2.9 million for the 47,000-square-foot, one-time supermarket building at 1452 Boone Hill Road. The previous owner was Summerville Plaza LLC of Fountain Inn, according to Dorchester County land records.

The boarded-up structure has been vacant since 2018 when the grocery store closed.

The county plans to convert the structure into a Health and Human Services campus, according to Daniel Prentice, deputy county administrator.

It will house offices for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.

"It is on a public transportation route and a geographically central location for the population it will serve," Prentice said in an online post. "This is another step in the advancement of the county's strategic plan, which calls to centralize services and reallocate space to the highest and best use."

Bi-Lo​​​​​​​'s parent company, Southeastern Grocers of Jacksonville, decided to shelve the brand, closing all of the remaining stores across the Southeast last year.

Former Bi-Lo sign

A sign on the former Bi-Lo supermarket on Boone Hill Road in Summerville shows Dorchester County owns the building and plans to transform the site into a new centralized health center for several agencies. Warren L. Wise/Staff

The last two in the Charleston area closed in April 2021, with one on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard in West Ashley now converted to a Palmetto State Armory gun and fishing retail shop and the other on Folly Road on James Island now being partially transformed into a Planet Fitness gym.

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Morrison Yard office

More leases have been signed for the developing Morrison Yard office building on Morrison Drive on the Charleston peninsula as it nears completion. Warren L. Wise/Staff

New 12-story Charleston office building 60% leased as it nears completion

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Morrison Yard's office structure is expected to be completed in October on Morrison Drive near the Ravenel Bridge.

By the numbers

1,631: Number of homes sold in the Charleston region in August as stubbon inflation and rising mortgage interest rates are giving some would-be homebuyers pause. The Charleston region's residential sales slumped for the 12th straight month, falling 24.1 percent in August. 

1,600: Square footage of new PrimoHoagies restaurant that opened Sept. 15 in Summerville.

1,504: Square footage of new Wisconsin Meat & Cheese shop​​​​​​​ coming to James Island.

This week in real estate

+ Scaling down: A new apartment and townhouse development slated to be built near West Ashley High School will have 25 percent fewer units than originally proposed.

+ Scaling up: A nonprofit thrift store in Moncks Corner is more than doubling in size. Proceeds help those with drug addictions.

+ Opening soon: A new Publix supermarket coming to Moncks Corner sets its opening date.

New 9-story, 150-room hotel brand slated for Charleston is new to SC

Morrison Yard Kimpton Hotel

A new Kimpton-branded hotel is planned at 860 Morrison Drive in Charleston along with three new apartment buildings in the next phase of development at Morrison Yard. Rendering/Bello Garris Architects

The Kimpton Hotel is being proposed in the next phase of Morrison Yard at 860 Morrison Drive on the Charleston peninsula.

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