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Cracker Barrel is close to setting up shop in Mount Pleasant, adding a third old country store and restaurant in the Charleston region.

The chain is eyeing an outparcel in front of Harris Teeter at Six Mile Marketplace on U.S. Highway 17, about a mile north of the Isle of Palms connector.

The new establishment will require the demolition of a two-story office building, and the tenants were informed Monday to vacate, according to property managerTony Kassis.

Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Jeanne Ludington said all the permits aren't in hand yet for the closing, but it should be completed by mid-February, when an official announcement is in the works. Construction should start soon thereafter.

The Lebanon, Tenn.-based company operates 608 restaurants in 42 states, including 23 in South Carolina. A new one will open in Aiken on Jan. 30.

One door closes...

Just Chill, a sandwich, burger and casseroles-to-go restaurant, will close Friday after seven years at 1118 Park West Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Owners Mischelle Lesemann and Suzanne Smeak plan to continue catering under the same company name. The site won't stay vacant long. A new, locally owned Mexican restaurant called Los Comadres plans to open soon in the 1,450-square-foot site, according to Lesemann.

Just Chill will shut its doors at 8 p.m. Friday.

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Coming soon

A long vacant restaurant in Belle Hall Shopping Center will soon see new life. Pawleys Front Porch, a sandwich, burger and beer joint with another location in Columbia, plans to open by the end of January at 608 Long Point Rd., said general manager Sam Bowen. The space once housed a Beef O' Brady's restaurant and bar that closed in late 2010. The restaurant will employ between 30 and 40 workers.

Sailing in

The 32nd annual Charleston Boat Show is set for Jan. 27-29 at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston. Go to for details and a $1 discount on admission.

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