Verizon Wireless expands in Mt. Pleasant

AP/FILE Verizon Wireless introduced its "smart store" concept last year.

Verizon Wireless has unveiled its second "smart store" in the state in Mount Pleasant as a part of its new initiative to become a destination for all connected devices, not just smartphones.

The store relocated last week to the new store just up the road at 1901 U.S. Highway 17, Suite 101, from 1117 Market Center Blvd.

Its new location is about 2,000 square feet larger, and customers may notice that extra space now that store associates will be using tablets instead of bulky checkout counters. Also, 11 more people have been hired to the store's staff, according to a company statement.

The national mobile retailer introduced the "smart store" concept last year in an effort to target different sectors of its audience. As such, the store model highlights four zones for different types of tech users: game players, music fans, fitness enthusiasts and home organizers.

After 40 years selling music and equipment in North Charleston, Loco Record Shop will soon join the long list of local record shops that have closed their doors in the past decade.

An associate of the local store said an exact closing date hasn't been established. In the meantime, the local retailer will have a closing sale with up to 50 percent off vinyl records and 10-30 percent off professional stereo and lighting equipment, according to a post on the store's Facebook page.

Three local record shops remain in business in the Charleston area: Monster Music & Movies in West Ashley, Cat's Music in Summerville, and Honest John's, a used record dealer on downtown Charleston's Upper King Street.

Marco's Pizza, a national pizzeria franchise, is quickly spreading in the Charleston area. The chain has opened three stores in the area in the past two years in West Ashley, North Charleston and Ladson. Three more will open by the end of the year, one of which is going in Sweetgrass Corner Shopping Center next to Mount Pleasant Towne Centre this summer, according to company spokeswoman Stacy Rubenstein.

The company plans to open up to 12 pizza places in the Charleston market in the next few years, she added.

The Meeting Street Gallery, a new gallery that will highlight young, local artists, is opening Thursday at 430 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston. Its first exhibition, "Common Places," will showcase works by local painters John Henry Tecklenburg, Blake Morgan and Brian Rego. An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The gallery will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.

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