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New tenants move into Mount Pleasant shopping center; soul food eatery opens in Summerville

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A high-profile shopping center on Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant is getting a handful of new tenants this year.

After Pivotal Fitness closed down in 2021, filling the 43,000-square-foot void at The Plaza at East Cooper was a major challenge, said Steve Radekopf, the listing broker for the Aldi-anchored property and principal of Charleston-based Sperry Radekopf & Associates.

After several years of trying to lease the space out, be it find one tenant or break the former gym into seven parcels, subdividing into four separate storefronts was the magic number.

“It’s just taken a long time for permitting,” Radekopf said of the delay. He added that windows have caused further holdups with one tenant still boarded up, waiting on several glass pieces.

KOR4 Elite Physical Fitness will fill one of the four spaces, having leased 6,739 square feet that’s not being upfitted. The tenant is currently aiming for a fall opening.

“We’ll give the tenants a vanilla box that they can do whatever they want with the space,” Radekopf said.

After temporarily closing in August of 2023 to move to a bigger location, Uptown Cheapskate is making its Mount Pleasant comeback. The consignment store, formerly on Houston Northcutt Boulevard, has leased 6,828 square feet of space for a summer opening.

Radekopf said there’s room for two more tenants in a 9,000-square-foot space and another is 11,250 square feet. 

Soul searching

A new restaurant has made its debut in Summerville.

Kouvarius Butler opened his third Vinnie’s Seafood and Soul at 140 Hemphill Court where he plans to focus his business moving forward.

The original Vinnie’s on Meeting Street in Charleston has since closed, and Butler plans to shut down his North Charleston location.

Butler said the Summerville menu will still include his famous garlic crabs and macaroni and cheese.

Fire up the grill

A Lowcountry restaurant is expanding its footprint with a downtown location.

Chill-N-Grill will be moving into the Maritime Building at 215 East Bay St., just south of the City Market, though no specific timeline has been set when it will open. 

Palmetto Retail Group and Lee & Associates represented the landlord in the lease of the 4,786-square-foot restaurant space. 

Chill-N-Grill operates four other locations in the region, including two in North Charleston, on Ashley Phosphate Road and West Montague Ave., and two in Goose Creek, on Bushy Park Road and North Goose Creek Boulevard.

Joining James Island

Christian Brothers Automotive is expanding its South Carolina footprint with its 11th repair and maintenance shop in the Palmetto State.

The new location is opening June 10 at 1475 Folly Road on James Island.

The owner is Jake Reedy, a local resident and entrepreneur who has long served as a franchisee coach in the automotive industry.

The first CBA opened in 1982. The Houston-based chain has grown to more than 285 locations across 30 states.

Eye opener

A vision center has opened in Charleston. Dr. Chad Carlsson has spent 20 years as an optometrist and has opened his first South Carolina practice, The Look Eye Care Center, at 710 Hopewell Drive. It’s near the Publix supermarket in Point Hope Commons off Clements Ferry Road.

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