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Kitchen store shutting down in Mount Pleasant after 5 years; owner closing 3 more US stores

Bowman Place Shopping Center

Kitchen & Company is closing its store in Mount Pleasant's Bowman Place Shopping Center less than five years after it opened. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

A Delaware-based kitchenware retail chain is putting the lid on its only Charleston-area outpost.

Kitchen & Co., which is owned by Calvert Retail, plans to shut down in Bowman Place Shopping Center by the end of March, less than five years after expanding to Mount Pleasant.

Signs throughout the store say it is closing, with markdowns up to 40 percent on some items.

Kitchen & Company Mount Pleasant closing

Kitchen & Company is closing its only South Carolina store in Mount Pleasant less than five years after it opened. The Delaware-based owner is closing three other stores across the nation and will be left with one Kitchen & Company shop in its home state. Warren L. Wise/Staff

A Calvert Retail spokesperson did not respond to messages seeking comment Friday.

A store employee told The Post and Courier that the company is closing two other Kitchen & Co. outlets — in Asheville, N.C., and Newington, N.H. The other, in Lewes, Del., is expected to remain open. Another store, Calvert's only Reading China & Glass branded shop, is closing in Lancaster, Pa., a store employee there confirmed.

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Kitchen & Company is closing its store in Mount Pleasant's Bowman Place Shopping Center. Warren L. Wise/Staff

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Calvert Retail also owns the Southern Season brand, which once had a large Mount Pleasant store. It bought the company after it filed for bankruptcy in 2016. Calvert closed the original and last remaining Southern Season location in Chapel Hill, N.C., in January.

The company's 20,000-square-foot Kitchen & Co. store in Bowman Place opened in October 2015, competing with locally owned Coastal Cupboard and national chain Bed Bath & Beyond in the East Cooper retail market.

The store shares space in the shopping center with Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, J. Crew Mercantile and other retailers.

The East Cooper store was Kitchen & Co.'s first foray into South Carolina. When it opened, the chain operated eight other locations.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.

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