Wal-Mart set to open 2 more market stores next month

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores are about one-fourth the size of a traditional Wal-Mart Supercenter. The stores focus on groceries but also include drive-thru pharmacies and gas stations.

The world’s largest retailer continues its march across the Lowcountry by opening two more small-format grocery stores over the next two weeks.

The first of the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market locations will open Aug. 5 at 10635 Dorchester Road in Summerville. Its opening will be followed a week later on Aug. 12 by another store unlocking the doors at 3685 Ladson Road. The 41,000-square-foot stores, about one-fourth the size of a traditional Wal-Mart Supercenter, focus on groceries but also include drive-thru pharmacies and gas stations.

Two other stores recently opened on Red Bank Road and St. James Avenue in Goose Creek. A fifth is planned at Dorchester Road and Patriot Boulevard. Others could follow.

The new stores add to Wal-Mart’s 10 supercenters across the Charleston region.

The former Sofa Super Store in North Charleston returns to use Friday with a totally different offering.

Velocity Air Sports will hold its grand opening at 9 a.m. at 8551 Rivers Ave. The 40,000-square-foot extreme sports center will offer trampolines, dodgeball, Olympic-sized foam pits, high-wire slack lines, a flying trapeze bar, a Ninja warrior obstacle course, inflatable playground and an arcade.

Hendrick Hyundai plans to be in its new West Ashley location by Aug. 9.

The dealership is moving from 1940 Savannah Highway after 4½ years to 1535 Savannah Highway in a new building in front of the former Kmart. The current 10-acre Hyundai site has been bought by Palas Holdings, a group registered to Demetrious E. Palassis. The Palassis family owns the adjacent Town & Country Inn & Suites. The new owner’s plans for the property are unclear.

Hendrick Honda will soon move to a new building on the opposite corner in front of the old Kmart. The current Honda dealership at 1478 Savannah Highway will become the site of Hendrick’s Volvo of Charleston dealership, and the current Volvo site at 1518 Savannah Highway will become a display area, said Sears Sauls with Hendrick Hyundai.

Sunoco Inc. will mark the opening of two APlus convenience stores in the Charleston area Friday.

The 10 a.m. grand reopening of a store at 1515 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant will include a check presentation of more than $22,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network. In Summerville, the 1 p.m. grand opening of a new store at 9910 Dorchester Road will include a $15,000 donation to Lowcountry Food Bank. Look for deals, giveaways and show cars at both locations.

The two locations are the first of 10 new or remodeled stores set to open by the end of 2015, representing an investment of about $30 million and creation of 240 jobs in the Charleston area.

Sunoco Inc. is owned by Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas.

Dance Arts Studio has leased 2,400 square feet at 1150 Hungryneck Blvd., Suite A, in Iron Gate Plaza, according to Belk|Lucy commercial real estate. It will open later this summer.

Also, a new tea shop is on its way to Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Teavana, a subsidiary of Starbucks, will open Aug. 7 near Ann Taylor, according to store manager Karen Crissman. It will sell tea and everything needed to brew tea, including samples. A patio seating area is provided, too.

A new boutique is now open in Mount Pleasant. Mode, which features designer fashions at closeout prices, recently opened at 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd. The owner is Tracy MacKeller.

More retail is headed to Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.

Encore Real Estate Development LLC plans to develop two adjacent sites at 2135 and 2149 Ashley Phosphate for multitenant retail use, according to real estate firm NAI Avant. The two tracts are between Rivers Avenue and U.S. Interstate 26 across from the First Citizens Bank building.

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For the third consecutive year, Baker Motor Co. of Charleston has been named one of Automotive News’ “100 Best Dealerships to Work For.” Representing 12 mostly luxury brands and owned by Tommy Baker, the dealership is the only retail auto supplier in the Lowcountry to receive the award for three years running and the only dealer in South Carolina to pick up the honor in 2013 and 2014. The dealership ranked No. 4 in 2014 and No. 23 in 2013. Its numerical ranking for this year will come out in October.

Baker is currently building a second Mercedes-Benz dealership in Mount Pleasant on U.S. Highway 17.

Antiques & Artisans will hold a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. Friday for its second Summerville site. The new shop can be found at 140-A W. Richardson Ave. Its other location is at 619 Trolley Road.

For the second year in a row, Lava Salon of Charleston made ELLE magazine’s list of Top 100 salons in the U.S. The full-service shop can be found at 811-B Savannah Highway in Avondale in West Ashley. The nine-year-old salon is the product of Geoff and Noel Richardson.

Midway Plaza at 1300 Savannah Highway in West Ashley is gaining two new tenants.

The Waxxpot LLC, a nail and waxing salon, will occupy 1,250 square feet, while Metro PCS, a cellular service provider, will take over 1,250 square feet, according to the real estate firm NAI Avant.

Metro PCS also has leased 1,330 square feet at 6877 Dorchester Road in North Village Shopping Center in North Charleston, according to Belk|Lucy. The shop will open in September.

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