A new mixed-use commercial development with space set aside for a hotel, restaurant, retailers and medical offices is in the works for northern Mount Pleasant.

Plans presented to the town show the project site is a 6-acre lot at Porchers Bluff and South Morgans Point roads behind Walmart as an addition to the Market at Oakland Shopping Center.

The project will include a 121-room hotel, 20,000 square feet of medical office space, 14,000 square feet of retail space and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant.







Market at Oakland site plan

A new commercial development, including a hotel, retail, restaurant and office space, is planned for a 6-acre site at Porchers Bluff and South Morgans Point roads behind Walmart as part of the Market at Oakland Shopping Center. Civil Site Environmental/Town of Mount Pleasant/Provided 


The restaurant and medical office building are slated to sit along Porchers Bluff while a 10,000-square-foot retail building would anchor the corner of the intersection and a 4,000-square-foot retail structure would sit along South Morgans Point Road.

The hotel is planned along the interior of the parcel off South Morgans Point Road. In 2020, a developer submitted plans for a SpringHill Suites by Marriott with a similar number of rooms on the property.

The landowner is Mt Pleasant Land Holdings LLC, which bought the site in 2022 for $6.79 million, according to Charleston County real estate records.

The site is part of the previously approved planned development district for the 77-acre shopping center, according to the property owner’s submittal. Plans show the hotel has been previously approved as well.

“The proposed uses and square footages fall within the previously approved square footage allotments for the Market at Oakland (Oakland Plantation) planned development,” according to site plans.


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Construction could begin by mid-2024 after all permits are obtained, with the project in full operation by 2026.

The town’s Planning Commission will consider the request Sept. 20.







Johnnie-O at M. Dumas & Sons

M. Dumas & Sons carries Johnnie-O brand merchandise among many others. The longtime Charleston retailer launched a new store Sept. 13 in The Charleston Place hotel called Johnnie-O by M. Dumas & Sons. Lisa Craig/M. Dumas & Sons/Provided


New threads

A longtime Charleston retailer is teaming up with a relatively new arrival on the fashion scene to launch a new store in downtown Charleston.

M. Dumas & Sons is joining the Johnnie-O clothing brand to open Johnnie-O by M. Dumas & Sons at 132 Market St. in The Charleston Place. The 1,400-square-foot shop opened Sept. 13 in the space formerly occupied by Gucci, which moved to a larger location around the corner on King Street earlier this year.

Johnnie-O’s, first launched in 2005 by John O’Donnell in Santa Monica, Calif., merges East Coast prep with Southern California casual for men’s and boy’s apparel. The shop also will offer accessories and footwear.


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“This expansion into the iconic downtown Charleston locale marks a significant milestone and underscores our commitment to the Charleston market,” said spokeswoman Lisa Craig of M. Dumas & Sons, which opened in 1917.

The company’s longtime namesake store at 294 King will continue to carry Johnnie-O products. Hours for the new shop will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

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A new dining spot is now open on the Charleston peninsula.

Fair Deal launched Sept. 8 at 47 Cooper St. as a neighborhood café and happy hour spot that hosts pop-up chefs for dinner service for private events on certain nights, according to  owner Jarrett Hodson. He is partnering with Powell family members, who own the building, on the venture.

Regular business hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Pop-up events occur after 7 p.m.







50 Bogard St.

A bookstore and small café are in the works for the ground floor of the building at 50 Bogard St. on the Charleston peninsula, according to the property owner. Warren L. Wise/Staff


On the way

A bookstore and small café are in the works for 50 Bogard St., according to property owner Lindsay Nevin of The Flyway Cos.

The ground-floor shop is slated to have 843 square feet of retail space and a 392-square-foot bar for coffee and other drinks in the two-story structure that includes upstairs dwelling units.

The property is zoned for diverse residential use where low-impact operations also are allowed. The city recently approved a parking variance for the corner site next to Rose Lane.

The interior is currently vacant. An opening time frame has not been announced.







Refuel

The Charleston-based Refuel convenience store and gas station chain plans to add a new store at Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 178 north of St. George. Pictured is a store in Charleston when it was under construction. File/Warren L. Wise/Staff


Gassing up

A Charleston-based convenience store chain with locations across the Southeast plans to add another site in the Lowcountry.

Refuel Operating Co. has submitted plans to state environmental regulators for a stormwater permit to build a new store at 9483 Charleston Highway on U.S. Highway 178 at Silverleaf Drive north of St. George on Interstate 95.


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Plans call for the installation of one 20,000-gallon and two 15,000-gallon underground storage tanks. No wetlands are affected, according to the application.

Refuel CEO Mark Jordan expects to have permitting completed by year’s end for the new store, with other newly built operations in the works for 2024. 

Refuel has more than 200 locations from the Carolinas to Texas, including several in the Charleston area.







Sweet Bowl Poke & Tea

The windows are papered over at Sweet Bowl Poke & Tea in the WestEdge development in Charleston. John McDermott/Staff


Lights dimmed

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at 5988 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston has temporarily closed for a remodeling project.

A company representative did not immediately respond for a reopening time frame.

Also, the windows are papered over at Sweet Bowl Poke & Tea next to the Publix supermarket in the WestEdge development on the Charleston peninsula. It appears the restaurant has closed.

By Amalia