WISE COLUMN: Downtown Charleston bowling alley to open in fall

Construction is well under way on downtown Charleston’s first bowling alley that will include a restaurant and bar.

The Alley, projected to open at 131 Columbus St. in the fall, will offer eight bowling lanes, classic arcade games, basketball, pingpong, shuffleboard, multiple flat-screen TVs and event spaces for private parties, birthday parties, corporate outings and charity events.

The Alley has partnered with Home Team BBQ for a new menu concept of made-from-scratch dishes that used local products and focus on comfort foods and American classics.

It’s the product of local owners David Crowley, Jimmy Poole and Chris Poole. They are transforming an old warehouse that once housed Ben Arnold Beverage Distribution through the 1970s and 1980s.

It’s behind Piggly Wiggly and across from The Post and Courier.

The surge of discount stores continues. Family Dollar plans to open an 8,000-square-foot shop in August at 3948 Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.

The shop is being developed by the Hutton Co. of Chattanooga, Tenn., which has been building Family Dollar stores since 2000.

Family Dollar, which operates more than 7,000 stores in 44 states, is opening at least 65 stores across the nation this month through Thursday.

McElveen’s pre-owned car dealership at the juncture of Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17-A in Summerville will soon drive to a new location.

A new facility is under construction at 9560 Highway 78 in Ladson. It should be open in August.

FitnessBOOM, a baby boomer-focused fitness club, will open a 1,218-square-foot gym in August at 1960 Riviera Drive in The Shoppes at Seaside Farms in Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is hosting a school supply drive with radio stations Y102.5 FM and WEZL 103.5 FM for Charleston County schools.

Supplies should be delivered to Towne Centre’s management office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 12 at 1600 Palmetto Grande Drive.

Go to www.mtpleasanttownecentre.com.

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