Walgreens coming to Rivers Ave.

Walgreens is coming to Rivers Avenue.

Mic Smith

We first brought you this tidbit in June, and now it’s official.

A corner of North Charleston that once sold cars will soon be selling drugs — of the legal variety.

Walgreens plans to break ground within the next month on a 14,550-square-foot pharmacy at Rivers Avenue and Ashley Phosphate Road, where Gene Reed Toyota stood until it moved down the street five years ago.

The site is owned by Rogers Corner LLC, and the Walgreens will take about half of the five-acre property. The rest of the land will be marketed for either a hotel or other retail use, according to a statement from Tim and Teresa Rogers released through Anchor Commercial/CORFAC International real estate company, which brokered the long-term lease.

The drugstore is expected to open in late 2012, according to Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger. Demolition on the existing building is set to begin next month.

Waldo record?

Not only is Sunday the day before Valentine’s Day, but it’s also the second Sunday of the month. That means King Street between Broad and Calhoun streets will be closed to vehicles from 1 to 5 p.m.

It also means there are some special events planned in the area.

Several businesses will team up to try to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people dressed in Where’s Waldo? garb in one place.

As in incentive, some restaurants along middle King will give each registered Waldo character a complimentary drink or appetizer ticket as well as a souvenir koozie. Participants also will receive other drink and food specials at Kickin’ Chicken, Mellow Mushroom, Tasty Thai, The Upper Deck and King Street Grille. Contests will be held throughout the day to reward the best-dressed couple, the best costumes for Waldo, Wanda and Odlaw, Waldo’s nemesis.

Wristbands will be given in Marion Square from noon to 12:30 p.m. for the event. Tickets cost $15. A portion will bene?t the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.

Also part of the second Sunday will be local author Jonathan Miller, who will be signing books and reading from his “Adventures of Sammy” collection from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sugar Snap Pea at 1611/2 King St.

For more details or free two-hour parking vouchers, go to www.secondsundayonkingstreet.com.

Welcome wagon

The Square Onion Too will host a neighborhood party 2-5 p.m. Saturday at 411 Coleman Blvd. to welcome a new business to its corner at Hibben Street in Mount Pleasant.

The new next-door business is Earthly Artifacts, which showcases the talents of Lisa Churchill and Debbie AlFaro. They are known by locals for Breathe Candles and Plantin’ Thyme. Locals also may recognize AlFaro. She’s a former lieutenant at Mount Pleasant Police Department who recently retired after 28 years.

The Square Onion Too, which opened in October to complement its first shop at I’On Square in Mount Pleasant, is owned by Mary and Cary Zapatka, The restaurant offers sandwiches, dips, salads, soups, dinner entrees and sides, casseroles, homemade desserts, wine and beer.

Packed up

Add another 3,700 square feet to the unspoken-for space at Citadel Mall. PacSun clothing and accessory store has left the West Ashley shopping center, joining the recent departure of For Your Entertainment, an 8,000-square-foot video and music store; seven-year tenant Hollister clothing store, which left a 6,500-square-foot space vacant; and Books for Less, which had a one-year agreement for a 7,900-square-foot space.

Palate pleaser

Several fine art galleries of Gallery Row on Broad Street in downtown Charleston will host a holiday open house this Valentine’s Day weekend during their regular business hours. Champagne and chocolate will be served as shoppers browse an array of fine art in canvas, sculpture, jewelry, gifts and pottery. Participating are Coco Vivo Fine Art and Interior Design, Hamlet Fine Art Gallery, Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, M Gallery, Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art, Edward Dare Gallery and Spencer Art Galleries I & II.

Going dark

WOK, or World Oriental Kitchen, at 349 King St. has closed after a short run. The Asian restaurant opened in the fall of 2009. Word is it might go somewhere else.

In the know? Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren Wise at 937-5524. Read his next retail column Monday in Business Review.