After more than 40 years of supplying the Charleston area's pool needs, a West Ashley outdoors business is offering one last splash before it shuts down.

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Truluck Pools will close Tuesday after more than 40 years in business in West Ashley. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Truluck Pool Co. at 1014 St. Andrews Blvd. has cut prices 20 percent through its last day on Tuesday.  What remains afterward will be sold off to other local suppliers in the pool-care industry. The longtime store features a pink pig grill sitting outside as one of the accessories it offers.

Among its hottest items are grills.

"They've been going fast," store manager Archie Durland said.

Durland, who is 76 and is retiring, said there is no one to take over the business, so the Truluck family, which owns the shop, decided to close it. The Trulucks, led by Charles Truluck along with brothers Doug and Floyd and sister Beth, also own Truluck Construction Co., which operates out of a two-story building next door.

Durland said the owners plan to demolish both structures to make way for a new office building on the site.

Durland started working for the company 41 years ago, when the pool business had been in operation for a couple of years in the upstairs portion of Truluck Construction. He said he talked the family into building the current pool supply showroom about five years later. To accommodate growth, the shop added storeroom wings on the back and side of the building.

At one point many years ago, Durland transformed the showroom every year into a Christmas shop with artificial trees and all the trimmings.

"We tried all sorts of things over the years," he said.

Durland will miss the business, just not the occasional ups and downs that come from operating it day after day.

"I have really enjoyed it," he said. "It's been a ride."

After more than four decades, he knows many of his longtime customers personally. "I have some customers whose account number is 6, and I'm up to 900 and something now."

The shop, which constructed pools years ago, once employed 35 people. It now has two employees. The other worker, Chris Kast, plans to open his own pool cleaning and maintenance business. 


Pet Supplies Plus will celebrate the opening of its second Charleston-area store this weekend in Goose Creek. Leroy Burnell/Staff

Pet project

Giveaways, free dog washes and fun for children and their furry friends will mark the grand opening this weekend of a new pet store in Goose Creek.

The 11,400-square-foot Pet Supplies Plus shop at 208 St. James Ave. will celebrate its arrival 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Peter and Lori Nebel own and operate the store.

Sweepstakes throughout the weekend will offer customers a chance to win a free one-year supply of Purina dog or cat food.

On Saturday, free scratch cards from $5-$50 will be given out, while on Sunday the first 100 people who enter the store will receive a coupon for a free small bag of dog or cat food, valid on any brand in the store. At the end of the weekend, the shop will donate $1,500 to three local animal shelters.

The Nebels operate another store at 9500 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

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O2 Fitness clubs throughout the Charleston area will offer free admission Friday through Sunday as part of American Heart Month. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Free fitness

As part of American Heart Month, O2 Fitness Clubs will offer a free weekend of fitness Friday through Sunday at all Charleston-area gyms.

Experts recommend at least 15 minutes of daily exercise for better heart health, and it’s never too late to begin leading an active lifestyle, according to the Raleigh-based chain.

All visitors at O2 Fitness will have unlimited access to fitness equipment and a variety of exercise classes, including yoga, spin, kickboxing and pilates.

Locally, O2 Fitness operates three centers in Mount Pleasant, two in West Ashley and one each on Daniel Island and in Goose Creek, Hanahan, Moncks Corner, North Charleston and Summerville.

Different flavor

A once-popular Mount Pleasant restaurant will soon serve a different menu item.

The former Boulevard Diner at 409 W. Coleman Blvd. is set to become the home of Pelicans Snoballs. The concept was up for final approval of paint colors Wednesday with the town's Commercial Design Review Board.

Boulevard Diner closed a year ago this month after 16 years, and Charleston-based Gramling Brothers Real Estate and Development bought the site.

Now showing

Domino's at 503 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner will celebrate its newly relocated "pizza theater" store with a grand reopening Saturday.

The store, formerly at 105 Highway 52, now features an open concept that allows customers to see their pizza being made each step of the way.

As part of the celebration, the restaurant will feature giveaways and face painting for kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a variety of special deals throughout the day.

Also on the pizza menu, Bellacino's Pizza and Grinders will cut the ribbon on its new restaurant at 2 p.m. Thursday at 616 Bacon's Bridge Road in Summerville.

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No cuts or color

A latest in the mini-wave of blow dry hair salons in the Lowcountry opens Friday in Mount Pleasant.

Blo Blow Dry Bar can be found at 905 Houston Northcutt Blvd. The franchise doesn't offer cuts or color, just washes and dryings. The local shop is the product of Jeremy and Elaine Bollington of Kiawah Island, who also own and operate Waxing the City, which opened next door last week in Patriots Plaza Shopping Center, anchored by Whole Foods.

The grand opening is set for March 3-5 with sweet treats, pink drinks and $25 blowouts. Walk in or make a reservation.

On demand

Another new shop is headed to a refurbished Mount Pleasant shopping center.

Comcast's Xfinity retail store recently leased 5,125 square feet in one of the two new outparcel buildings in Bowman Place Shopping Center, according to commercial real estate firm Belk|Lucy.

The shop, set to open this summer, will be in the building closest to Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, where the Vitamin Shoppe recently announced it will open a new store. Dick's Sporting Goods anchors the Bowman Road shopping center.

Toy story

Wonder Works is relocating its Mount Pleasant store, but it isn't going far.

The toy shop will begin moving Sunday about 80 feet from 624-D Long Point Road to 624-L Long Point Road in Belle Hall Shopping Center. Owner Christine Osborne said the new 3,700-square-foot space is about 50 percent bigger than its current location and will include outdoor patios and a fun room for birthday parties and workshop activities. The new location opens March 1. A grand opening is set for March 10-12.

Taking over Wonder Works current space will be music school Bach to Rock, led locally by Bradley Dunnells. It plans to open later this year.

Healthy ingredients

Supermarket Earth Fare is taking its healthy food offerings a step further by removing genetically modified organism ingredients from its private-brand items.

After two years of research and development, the Asheville-based grocer will introduce hundreds of new private label brands during the next six months without GMOs to add to more than 500 it already offers.

“We’re here to make healthy food accessible to everyone everywhere, and our non-GMO announcement is the next step to strengthening our commitment,” CEO Frank Scorpiniti said in a statement. “From the onset, our merchant team has benchmarked every product against industry-leading products to ensure delicious, healthy food at an incredible value. Our shoppers asked for more non-GMO options, so we updated our entire Earth Fare brand food line to meet their needs.”

The company said its food philosophy forbids hundreds of chemicals and ingredients from making their way onto shelves. Among them are high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour and never-administered antibiotics or growth hormones. 

Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524 or