Upper King Street draws its first national retailer

A sister shop to Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn plans to enter the retail scene in downtown Charleston.

West Elm plans to open a 9,000-square-foot furnishings shop at 482-484 King St. in the former Mescon building probably by late summer, according to Patrick Price with real estate firm PrimeSouth Group.

The new merchant plans to occupy the lower level of the structure as well as a two-story warehouse behind the store, he said.

“It’s the first national retailer that’s hopped Calhoun (Street), and we believe it will point the way for others to cross,” Price said.

Several national merchants have set up shop on lower King Street south of Calhoun, but with all the new restaurant, bar and hotel activity on upper King, it was only a matter of time before nation-wide retailers looked to one of the hottest markets in Charleston.

West Elm operates 68 stores across the nation and around the globe, according to the website of parent company Williams-Sonoma Inc.

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Officials with West Elm or Williams-Sonoma did not immediately return emails or calls for comment Thursday.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.