Summerville Marketplace to welcome Earth Fare, Petco

Earth Fare will open its second Lowcountry store in Summerville next week.

On its 40th anniversary, Earth Fare will open its 39th store — in Summerville.

The Asheville-based specialty grocer will welcome customers at 7 a.m. Wednesday in the new Summerville Marketplace Shopping Center at 1101 N. Main St.

The grand opening of the 23,000-square-foot location will include giveaways, product demonstrations and live music. The opening week will offer promotions, raffles, product samples and entertainment.

Ahead of its grand opening, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, the store will offer an outside Sweet Tea Drive to benefit Dorchester School District 2 through its educational foundation’s Innovation Awards program.

Attendees can enjoy free activities with product samples and face painting, and buy sweet tea, make-your-own ice cream and mix-your-own trail mix for $1 each. Every 30 minutes, winners will be selected to receive prizes, including a $100 Earth Fare shopping spree.

The region’s other Earth Fare is in South Windermere Shopping Center on Folly Road in West Ashley.

Summerville Marketplace also will include a 12,000-square-foot Petco pet supply shop that opens Monday. Other tenants in the 65,000-square-foot retail property will include Dunkin’ Donuts, Mattress Pro, Crust Pizza, Tijuana Flats and Lee Nails. They should all open by Thanksgiving.

Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack at 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is now closed. A Facebook posting said it shut down Sept. 7. It plan to reopen in about a month as Sawyers on the Boulevard after reworking the restaurant.

Sunoco will open another of its APlus convenience stores Friday in the Charleston area. The new shop at 5710 Rivers Ave. will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon and make a donation to Lowcountry Food Bank in honor of Hunger Awareness Month. The event also will feature special deals and giveaways, a show car and a firetruck from the North Charleston Fire Department.

The shop is the eighth new-era Sunoco APlus store to open in the market since 2014, and Sunoco expects to add another four by March. The stores represent an investment of about $30 million and the creation of 240 jobs.

Sunoco Inc. is wholly owned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP.

Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King St. will mark its 20th anniversary 6-9 p.m. Saturday. The celebration will include drop-in cameos from Lowcountry writers and give everyone a chance to see the renovated shop. The Upper King Street store is owned by Jonathan Sanchez, who took it over nine years ago from Lee and Jim Breeden, who called it Boomer’s Books.

Two new cellular phone stores are opening in the Charleston area.

Metro PCS recently leased 1,600 square feet at 8510 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston and 1,050 square feet at 220 Red Bank Road in Goose Creek, according to the commercial real estate firm NAI Avant. The tenant is listed as LP Communications of SC Inc.

Starting Oct. 1, American Express Card members can use their cards at Sam’s Club, the eighth-largest U.S. retailer with over 650 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The effort is part of American Express’ continuing small-business initiative since the company says about 500,000 small businesses already shop at Sam’s Club. The local Sam’s Club is in North Charleston near Tanger Outlets.

Harris Teeter supermarket chain is hosting a hiring event for active and nonactive military personnel and their family members through Sept. 30. To apply, go to military.harristeeter.jobs. The Matthews, N.C.-based grocer operates several stores in the Charleston area.

Floor Coverings International of Charleston recently donated 450 yards of carpet to Emanuel AME Church, the site of a mass shooting in June.

The Cathedral Red carpet replaced existing carpet in the choir loft, pastor’s office and aisles between pews. Business owners Rob and Kathy Bullock collaborated with carpet maker Shaw Industries of Georgia on the project.

Low Country Karate will open early next year in a 3,518-square-foot shop at 1055 Highway 41 at Station 41 shopping center in Mount Pleasant, according to commercial real estate firm Belk/Lucy.

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