The first of four Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores in the Charleston area will open June 3 at 1635 Red Bank Road in Goose Creek.
The 7:30 a.m. opening of the big-box retailer’s smallest format will feature a ribbon-cutting and other events. From 4-7 p.m., former University of South Carolina football star Marcus Lattimore will sign autographs in front of the 41,000-square-foot store.
A second Neighborhood Market will open June 24 on St. James Avenue, also in Goose Creek. Two others, on Ladson Road in North Charleston and Dorchester Road in Summerville, will open in August. The stores feature groceries, some household items and drive-thru pharmacies.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House opens at 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Charleston on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ruth’s Chris in New Orleans.
The high-end steak chain in the French Quarter Inn at 166 Church St. will begin serving dinner only, with lunch options added June 15, co-owner Nancy Oswald said.
The new restaurant will be the food service provider for both the French Quarter Inn and the 41-room Spectator Hotel at 71 State St., which is set to open in June.
The new restaurant in the former Tristan dining site also includes the former Harley-Davidson space at 57 S. Market St., which is now the bar and main entrance.
Roberta Roller Rabbit is adding a second Charleston area store.
The New York-based retailer of resort-inspired clothing for men, women and children, as well as accessories and home furnishings, will open a new 1,000-square-foot shop Friday at 654 Freshfields Drive in Freshfields Village, between Kiawah and Seabrook islands.
The retailer has another store at 336 King St. in downtown Charleston.
A new Domino’s is coming to the Isle of Palms. The pizza shop, through Family 1 Ventures LLC, has leased 1,200 square feet at 1400 Palm Blvd. in Ocean Park Plaza, according to the real estate firm Beach Commercial.
Beach said it also leased a 1,580-square-foot space at 630 Skylark Drive in Quadrangle Shopping Center in West Ashley to Lowcountry Wireless LLC.
While a new Walgreens is about to open in Mount Pleasant, the big pharmacy chain recently opened another at 380 King St. in the former Millennium Music building on a corner of Calhoun Street. The East Cooper store on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard just north of Houston Northcutt Boulevard and the Whole Foods Market-anchored Patriots Plaza is expected to open next month.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, shut down nationwide in April over listeria discovered in some pints, will reopen at 7 p.m. Friday at 501 King St. in downtown Charleston. The company traced the source to a machine in its Columbus, Ohio-based kitchen. It destroyed $2.5 million worth of ice cream, then cleaned and reworked production to prevent future contamination.
A new kiteboarding and wakeboarding shop is now open in Mount Pleasant. Force Kite and Wake, at 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd., is the flagship store for California-based Liquid Force.
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar recently opened at 114 Central Ave. in Summerville. The local franchise of the business, originally founded in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, is owned by Joey Harville and Jason Thorpe of Augusta. The nautically themed seafood restaurant, with alcoholic beverage options, is open seven days a week after 11 a.m. This is the company’s third location. The other is in Wilmington, N.C.
Two new businesses have leased space in Pier Pont Crossing shopping center in West Ashley.
Magnolia’s Scrapbook Shop and Trek Bicycles have leased 6,264 square feet of cumulative space in the center at 2408 Ashley River Road, according to Will Sherrod of the commercial real estate firm Lee & Associates.
The Crescent Olive is planning to open a second local store. The new olive oil and vinegar shop will be at 40 Archdale St. in the former Alpha Dog Omega Cat pet supply store, according to store owner Mike Easler. Construction is underway. An early June opening is tentatively planned. Easler’s Mount Pleasant store is at 1952 Long Grove Drive in the Shoppes at Seaside Farms. Another shop is in Columbia.
Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation donated nearly $32 million to South Carolina charities during the company’s last fiscal year. Among its recipients locally is Charleston’s Center for Women.
“We are proud to support local organizations and important initiatives in the communities we serve across the state, particularly in the critical areas of hunger relief, sustainability and women’s economic empowerment,” said Brooke Mueller, director of public affairs for Wal-Mart.
Do you know of a retail business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.