The sporting goods store scene in Greater Charleston continues to evolve. While a new shop catering to the sports-minded soon will open in Mount Pleasant, another plans to close in North Charleston.

Sports Authority at 7800 Rivers Ave. will go dark by later this summer, but the 55,000-square-foot space won’t stay vacant for long. Craft chain Hobby Lobby plans to replace it by early 2016, according to Ryan Preston with leasing company Hawthorne Retail Partners of Charlotte.

The new store will be in the Promenade at Northwoods, the same center where Gander Mountain opened last fall. The shopping center used to be called North Rivers Marketplace. Hobby Lobby has another store in Mount Pleasant.

Sports Authority’s closing comes just as Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to open in East Cooper.

The former Kmart building at Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road is being redeveloped into several shops called Bowman Place, and Dick’s plans to open in June.

The Pittsburgh-based company plans to hire about 60 full- and part-time workers at 1114 Bowman Road near the juncture of U.S. Highway 17 and Interstate 526.

A three-day, grand-opening event launching the new store will take place once the opening date is announced.

Other retailers opening on the site include Designer Shoe Warehouse, Nordstrom Rack and Kitchen & Company. They will open later.

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Fifteen Bi-Lo customers will win free groceries for a year by entering the Great Grocery Giveaway through June 16. Every customer who enters will receive a $10 off coupon on a $100 purchase when they enter a valid email address at

Winners will be selected at the end of the sweepstakes and each awarded $5,000 worth of Bi-Lo gift cards to purchase groceries for a year.

A Charlotte-based company in the electronic cigarette vaping business is eyeing Charleston for a new store.

KURE recently opened its third Vaporium and Lounge in Boca Raton, Fla., and is building three more in Charlotte. It is looking at sites in Charleston, Raleigh, Miami and Los Angeles for expansion.

The company specializes in the distribution of vaporizing pens, e-Juices and related accessories.

Going out of business sales are underway at Simply Fashion and Dots stores. They are closing nationwide.

Simply Fashion, a discount retailer of women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, filed for bankruptcy protection in April. The privately held company currently runs about 243 stores under the Simply Fashion and Dots names.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Simply Fashion operates three stores in the Charleston area: on the peninsula at 456 Meeting St., and in North Charleston at 5900 Rivers Ave. and at Dorchester Square Shopping Center at 4391 Dorchester Road.

The company says all merchandise is discounted and store furniture, equipment and fixtures are for sale. Gift cards will be honored.

Encore Interiors Furniture Consignment at 665 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant has changed hands.

Amey Nicoll is the new owner. She bought the two-year-old business from Anne Stemper in April.

Three Charleston area schools will benefit from $6,000 raised by Tanger Outlets through its TangerKIDS Grant program. They are: Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, R.B. Stall High School and Orange Grove Elementary Charter School.

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