Retail giant Wal-Mart grows smaller stores

Wal-Mart plans to build more Neighborhood Market grocery stores in the Charleston area.

Wal-Mart’s footprint continues to grow in the Lowcountry with its small-format stores.

Cypress Acquisitions LLC, a firm affiliated with Cypress Equities of Dallas, a real estate investment management group, has applied for a permit to fill 3.14 acres of wetlands at Dorchester Road and Patriot Boulevard in North Charleston to build a 41,117-square-foot retail store and fueling station across from the Bosch auto parts plant.

It’s called “Project Twister,” believed to be the code name for a new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. A local Wal-Mart representative said several more stores are planned for the Charleston area.

The world’s largest retailer has two more Neighborhood Market stores in the works close by. One is planned at Dorchester and Bacons Bridge roads in Summerville, while a second is coming to Ladson and Miles Jamison roads in Ladson. Two others recently opened on Red Bank Road and St. James Avenue, both in Goose Creek.

The real estate firm NAI Avant recently announced that it worked with Cypress Acquisitions on the purchase of about 12 acres in Columbia for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

A restaurant chain will round out the tenants in the new Bowman Place shopping center in Mount Pleasant. Urban Cookhouse, which has three restaurants in Alabama and is opening two others in Alabama and Georgia, will occupy a 3,100-square-foot space in the former Kmart shopping center on Bowman Road. The Mount Pleasant site will be the first location in South Carolina for the chain. Its owner is Will Gillespie of Columbia.

The specialty restaurant focuses on locally grown ingredients. It plans to open by November, according to Heidi Dennis with Urban Cookhouse.

The restaurant will be in the same center as Dick’s Sporting Goods, which opened last month. Other future tenants are Nordstrom Rack, DSW and Kitchen & Co.

A new Dollar General store is headed to Ridgeville in Dorchester County. The discount shop at 1052 Highway 78 should be completed by October and it will be a prototype store, according to real estate agent Jack Pratt with Carolina One Commercial. Pratt said a couple of structures will be removed to make way for the new building.

The Crescent Olive has a second Charleston-area store. The new olive oil and vinegar shop is now open at 40 Archdale St. in the former Alpha Dog Omega Cat pet-supply store, according to store owner Mike Easler. Easler’s Mount Pleasant store is in the Shoppes at Seaside Farms. Another shop is in Columbia.

Food Lion shoppers might see a difference in their bills at the checkout counter.

The Salisbury, N.C.-based chain said on its website that it has lowered prices on “thousands” of staple items as part of an effort to make shopping more affordable and easier for customers. The move comes a month after its parent company, Delhaize of Belgium, was bought by Dutch retailer Ahold.

The price cuts started this week on everything from peanut butter to detergent.

The supermarket also said in a statement that it will add new signs throughout its stores to point out certain offers: “Hot Sale” indicates weekly specials for MVP cardholders, “WOW” pertains to lower prices on popular items offered for longer periods of time, and “Low Price” applies to “essential items” throughout the store with modest price tags.

Food Lion operates 1,100 stores across the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, including 15 in the Charleston area.

Looking for clean used clothes at discount prices? Low Country Laundry & Dry Cleaners’ annual sale of items that haven’t been picked up in more than a year is Monday through July 25. The 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. event will feature unclaimed apparel on racks in the lobby at 107 Rutledge Ave. in Charleston and in the shop at 70 Folly Road in South Windermere Shopping Center in West Ashley.

The price is the cleaning fee on the tickets of the clothes, which have been cleaned and pressed. Some clothing will be donated to My Sister’s House, a program for abused women.

Tanger Outlets in North Charleston now offers electric vehicle charging stations at no added cost to customers. It’s among 23 Tanger locations in the U.S. providing recharge sites as part of the Greensboro, N.C.-based real estate company’s green initiatives. Tanger is also looking at energy-saving lighting conversions.

Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe is looking to expand into Charleston and Columbia with five or six new stores. The 185-store, fast-casual chain said it’s seeking franchisees under a plan to double its presence nationally during the next two years.

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