Offering special meal deals, Charleston's inaugural Restaurant Week was such a success this past January that it's coming back. Cash-strapped diners can gobble up the second event Sept. 8 to 19 at more than 40 restaurants, said Kathy Britzius, executive director of the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association.

"That's normally a down week," she said.

Many restaurants found the event so popular with diners last winter that they extended their specials for a few more days. Some said they wanted to serve it up twice a year, so in September they will have that chance.

Pet owner

The North Charleston Superpetz store at 5900 Rivers Ave. is now a Petco store.

Petco bought the store and three others in North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania last week and plans to remodel them by August. The sale did not affect the other Superpetz store at 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. Petco now has three stores in metro Charleston.

Local flavor

Whole Foods Market will celebrate local South Carolina food artisans and producers by hosting a Taste of South Carolina from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Mount Pleasant store in Patriots Plaza at U.S. Highway 17 and Houston Northcutt Boulevard.

Participants include Holy City Chocolate, Nicole's Nutty Goodness, Neita's Vinaigrettes, Grawnola, Breathe Soy Candles, Scraps Jewelry, Dale's Lowcountry Cuisine, Food for the Southern Soul and more.


Burger King has closed another store in the Charleston area. The Miami-based chain's restaurant at 1193 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley closed last week because it wasn't making enough money, according to a store employee. The closing follows one in December on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

Gratis grub

The Charleston-based barbecue restaurant chain Sticky Fingers is offering diners the chance to win free food for the rest of the year in its annual "Feast for Free" contest.

The contest, which runs through Aug. 15, will award one winner from each of the chain's 18 restaurants with a card that entitles them to free food valued up to $25 per day. The card is good through year's end. Entry forms are available at the restaurants and online.

Last year, the chain received more than 6,300 entries.

Retail radar

--Albert's Attic, a retail thrift and used furniture store with locations on Johns Island and in Walterboro, is adding a new location in West Ashley at 823 St. Andrews Blvd. across from the former Cross Seed Co. The store will offer new and used furniture, bedding and household furnishings, as well as layaway service and cash-and-carry specials. Grand opening is throughout July.

--K. Morgan is moving from 255 King St. to another site nearby, but store officials aren't ready to say what the new address will be.

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