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Location & Expansion Log

Diverse companies – from startups to multinational corporations – continue to relocate and expand existing operations in the Charleston region.

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New, Expanding, and Mergers & Acquisitions


Mellow Mushroom

December 23, 2008

Jobs: 73

Full service restaurant

Mellow Mushroom's Mount Pleasant location is the second Mellow Mushroom in the Charleston area. The first, at 309 King St. in downtown Charleston, has been open for almost eight years. The owner chose Mount Pleasant for this second location because of its significant growth.

Charles River Laboratories

December 18, 2008

Jobs: 60
Investment: $20 Million

Pharmaceutical-related products and services

Charles River will add 60 new jobs and a $20 million new research center and warehouse at its existing Charleston area site which produces a pharmaceutical product that tests for potential toxins in newly developed medicines. The laboratory also offers other pharmaceutical-related products and services.

Zodiac of North America, Inc.

December 18, 2008

Jobs: 61
Investment: $5.8 Million

Manufacturing of rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs)

Zodiac plans to more than double the size of its operation and relocate its headquarters to the Charleston region. Reasons for selecting the Charleston region: a productive workforce and increased efficiency. The company is part of Zodiac Marine and Pool, headquartered in Paris, France.

Delfin Group USA

November 26, 2008

Jobs: 160
Investment: $55 Million

Manufacturing and distribution of petroleum products

This Russian-based company is adding manufacturing capacity for its automotive and industrial lubricants to serve both domestic and global markets. Key to its decision were the Port of Charleston, existing infrastructure and the support of state and local officials.

Carolina Car Connection

November 1, 2008

Jobs: 2

Used car dealer

Even with current economic conditions negatively affecting many in the automotive industry, this used car dealership has boasted great success since its opening in November 2008 due to its focus on customer service and affordable prices, according to its owners.

Thera M.

October 30, 2008

Jobs: 2

Women's upscale clothing store

One of the first high-end clothiers on Daniel Island, Thera M. offers upscale casual as well as cocktail apparel.


October 30, 2008


Retail women's clothing boutique

Wink is a "downtown-style boutique with friendly prices," according to its owner, who says she located her new store west of the Ashley River in Charleston due to the area's cluster of businesses with "a lot of character."

Surya Biofertilizers, LLC

October 29, 2008

Jobs: 3

Headquarters for organic fertilizer manufacturer and distributor

A Charleston-operated privately held company offering proven, safe, environmentally-friendly natural fertilization products as alternatives to synthetic fertilizers for the agriculture, turf, nursery, landscaping and land reclamation industries. The company plans to eventually build a manufacturing facility in one of the state’s more rural counties. (www.SuryaGrow.com)

Wingate Hotel by Wyndham

October 20, 2008


Wingate by Wyndham opened a new 97-room, nine-suite property on the campus of Charleston Southern University, adding 2,000 square feet of meeting space to the Charleston region's busy convention and business conference industry.

HH Gregg

October 2, 2008

Jobs: 50

Retail appliance and electronics store

Indianapolis-based parent company Gregg Appliances Inc. opens its sixth South Carolina store and the first on the state's coast in North Rivers Center in North Charleston. HH Gregg sells consumer electronics, appliances (large and small) and mattresses.

Carolina First

October 1, 2008



Carolina First opened its eighth regional branch in the Charleston region on Island Park Drive on Daniel Island.

Innovation Center Incubator

September 25, 2008

Investment: $5 Million

Life-sciences research and development laboratory and office incubator facilties

A collaborative effort between the South Carolina Research Authority, the Medical University of South Carolina and the City of Charleston, this $5 million overhaul of an existing 28,000 square foot building will provide clinically approved laboratory and office space for fledgling and start-up businesses in the life-sciences industry. The space could be ready for high-tech entrepreneurial tenants in about one year.

Village Hall

September 17, 2008

Event rental facility

This 3,000 square foot new event rental facility in North Charleston's Old Village near the newly blossoming Noisette development can accommodate up to 200 guests for parties, corporate events, etc. Complete with a full kitchen, on-site food servcies, and hook-up capability for live band performances, the Village Hall celebrates its grand opening on September 24, 2008.

Harris Teeter

September 17, 2008

Grocery store

Harris Teeter

September 17, 2008

Grocery store

Harris Teeter

September 17, 2008

Grocery store

Matthews, N.C.- based Harris Teeter will be the anchor tenant of the new Rivertowne Place located on S.C. 41. Harris Teeter will occupy 53,000 square feet of the center with about 7,500 square feet of additional retail space for other tenants not yet identified. The new shopping center is near entrance to Rivertowne Plantation, Park West, and Dunes West neighborhoods.

King Street Kitchen Co.

September 11, 2008

Custom interior design services and showroom, specializing in custom kitchens

From new counter tops to choosing appliances, this new design firm and showroom in historic, downtown Charleston offers full design services while specializing in custom kitchens.

Medical University of South Carolina Bioengineering Center

September 9, 2008

Investment: $55 Million

Biomedical engineering research and development

Joint project between the Medical University and Clemson University to construct new, larger quarters due to lack of space for current activities in the field. The four-story, 100,000 square foot building including incubator space is expected to be completed by 2010 and will be physically linked to another 100,000+ square foot MUSC facility housing laboratory and bio-tech startup space referred to as the "drug discovery" building.

Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.

September 9, 2008

Global corporate headquarters; manufacturer of digital printing products and R&D of digital printing technologies

An industry leader in the development of specialty digital printing technologies. Headquartered in the Charleston S.C. MSA, they develop and manufacture digital products that allow for custom printing onto surfaces such as plastic, metal, films, ceramics, and textiles. The firm added an additional 4,000 square feet of office space to its existing 41,000 square feet of office, manufacturing and R&D facilities locally. Other offices are in Switzerland and England.

American LaFrance

August 20, 2008

Specialty transportation equipment manufacturing

In a joint venture with Navistar Inc. of Warrenville IL, the company will expand its vocational truck manufacturing business (garbage trucks, construction vehicles, etc.) at its Summerville plant.

Celadon Home Outlet Center

August 19, 2008

Warehousing and storage center and retail outlet for local, upscale household goods retailer

Mount Pleasant furniture and household goods retailer, Celadon, is expanding to North Charleston by purchasing a 12,000 square foot warehouse within the new Noisette community development. The warehouse will include a discount retail storefront that will showcase "scratch-and-dent" items, overstocks, and customer returns from the company's Mount Pleasant store on Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Anastopoulo Film Studio

August 9, 2008

Investment: $8 Million

Film studio

Charleston attorney Akim Anastopoulo's syndicated courtroom television show ("Eye for an Eye") is now filmed locally versus in Dallas as in the past. This 16,000 square foot film studio is the largest television and film studio in South Carolina, and Anastopoulo hopes to use a nearby tract of land to build up a 50,000 square foot open-area facility that might attract large budget films in the future.

Apple Inc.

July 27, 2008

Retail store for Apple electronics products

Apple chose downtown Charleston for a new store offering technology support, warranty work, free workshops and other products and services related to its popular electronic goods.

Cummins Turbo Technologies

July 15, 2008

Jobs: 100
Investment: $11 Million

Manufacturing of diesel turbochargers

Two years after opening a second manufacturing facility in the Charleston region, the company is doubling assembly capacity and greatly increasing machining capacity to meet worldwide demand. Cummins selected the region due to the local workforce, quality of life, and support by state and local officials.


July 11, 2008

Xerox printing supplier

Local printing supplier Docugraphics LLC, formerly Charleston Copier and Fax, has relocated. The new location will act as the Xerox emporium's flagship and as a warehouse.

O’Reilly Auto Parts

July 11, 2008

Auto supply store

Auto supply store

Lowcountry Food Bank

July 7, 2008

Investment: $3.7 Million

Expanded food distribution center & hopes to launch excercise and education programs.

Building off Azalea Dr. hopes to increase food distribution. Bought for 3.7 million, will do $500,000 in renovations.

Lowcountry Hand Center

July 7, 2008

Orthopedic physicians office

Dr. Tim Allen is a board certified orthopedic surgeon as well as hand and microvascular surgery. His new office is located at 2881 Tricom St., Ste. A in N. Charleston.

Sea Isle Spine Center

July 7, 2008

Chiropractic practice.

Bill Cromer, 1137 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Charleston Airport/Conv. Center

June 30, 2008


Opened June 12. Located near the Airport and Convention Center.

UEC Electronics LLC

June 30, 2008

Jobs: 100
Investment: $2 Million

Electronics for aerospace, advanced security, other sectors

Leasing a 25,000-square-foot building & acquiring another 20,000 square feet adjacent to existing space to meet growing demand.

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

June 23, 2008

Sports nutrition supplements

Located in Mt. Pleasant in the new Super Wal-Mart shopping center.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina

June 23, 2008


The JobLink Center, located on the first floor of the building, will continue offering job searches, resume assistance, career counseling and job and training opportunities. Plans for the center include partnership with community agencies to provide basic literacy assistance, general equivalency degree preparation and testing, English as a second language, financial literacy training and more. http://www.palmettogoodwill.org/

Utopia Home Care

June 16, 2008

Home care services

Utopia Home Care’s new branch in North Charleston.

Facial Fusion, LLC

June 12, 2008

Medical Spa practice

Specializes in non-invasive cosmetic procedures.

Lowcountry Wellness Associates

June 12, 2008

Worksite health promotion firm

offers on-site and online wellness seminars, consulting, coaching, professional development training, and Red Cross certification courses.

SouthCon Building Group, LLC

June 11, 2008

Commercial general contracting firm

Offers construction related consulting and construction management services. 5107 N. Rhett Ave., N. Charleston.

Fuel: Charleston

June 10, 2008

Beach cantina style restaurant

211 Rutledge, the restaurant features the largest outdoor patio in downtown with indoor/outdoor bar & bocce ball court.

Me-2-We Weddings

June 10, 2008

Provides wedding officiant services

Provides wedding officiant services

Victoria & Albert Bath, LLC

June 9, 2008

Manufacturer of upscale freestanding bathtubs.

The company moved its U.S. headquaters to 1952 Long Grove Dr. in Mt. Pleasant.

2AM Group LLC

June 9, 2008

Jobs: 50

Technical services for automotive, aerospace and marine vehicle manufacturers

This South Carolina-based company provides bundled technical services for automotive, aerospace and marine vehicle and product manufacturers. 2AM Group chose the Charleston region because of anticipated growth of these industry sectors.

State Credit Union

June 2, 2008

Credit union

Located near the Trident Technical College campus, the new branch features convenient new services including a drive-up ATM, drive-through service, night depository and all day banking.

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport

May 23, 2008


Added 40 guest rooms & 2000 sq. ft. of meeting/banquet space.


May 22, 2008

Jobs: 20

National chain catering to pet owners, does not sell dogs or cats.

Petco plans to open its first location in the three-county region at Wando Crossing, in an empty spot near the Circuit City electronics store. The privately held company is shooting for a late July opening, with a grand opening to follow a few weeks later.

Continental Terminals Inc.

May 22, 2008

Jobs: 30

Warehousing services

This New Jersey-based company is leasing a food-grade warehouse in the Charleston region to serve as a holding tank for coffee en route from tropical foreign nations to Starbucks’ new South Carolina roasting facility.

Dixon Hughes PLLC

May 15, 2008

Dixon Hughes Academy. The academy’s curriculum includes sales and leadership training and executive and organizational development.

Opening an office in Atlanta, GA

Taco Boy- Rev Foods

May 12, 2008

Taco Boy restaurant.

Building a second location in Charleston boasting "green" appeal.

Stokes Mazda

May 12, 2008

Jobs: 15

Car dealer

New Stokes Mazda Retail Revolution Dealership in North Charleston.

Glasspro Pit Stop

May 5, 2008

Automotive Maintenance

Glasspro Inc. and Carolina Car Care have recently joined forces to launch the Glasspro Pit Stop Quick Lube & Car Wash. Formerly Carolina Car Care, the new Glasspro Pit Stop will offer quick lube service, car wash packages and detailing, as well as Glasspro’s 20 minute auto glass repair service.

Skin Cando Inc.

April 28, 2008

Skin Cando, Inc. sold in many stores and pharmacies along the East Coast

Owner, Sara Damelio relocated from Washington DC to Charleston. Her "Combat Ready" line of skin care is utilizied by a number of soldiers serving overseas for extreme weather and insect conditions.


April 28, 2008

Car dealer

The new 13,065 square foot superstore is CarMax’s first Charleston store.

Dunkin' Donuts

April 28, 2008

Jobs: 300
Investment: $10 Million

Food Service

Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first newly designed restaurant in North Charleston. This marks the beginning of an aggressive plan to open 10 additional Dunkin’ Donuts in the Greater Charleston area this year, representing a $10 million dollar investment and the creation of approximately 300 new jobs over the next year.

ECPI College of Technology

April 21, 2008


ECPI College of Technology announces its expansion aiming to serve local employers. The new, triple-in-size facility is located in North Charleston.

Mellow Mushroom

April 17, 2008

Mellow Mushroom pizza

Pizza parlor opening 2nd Charleston location in August.

Hillwood Development

April 14, 2008

Hillwood, a development company run by Ross Perot Jr., plans to transform more than 760 along I-26 near Summerville into what will likely be the largest industrial park ever built in the Charleston region.

Honeywell International Inc.

April 14, 2008

Personal protective gear.

Honeywell International Inc. will buy Norcross Safety Products for 1.2B to expand its line of personal protective gear. The sale includes the North Safety Products and Salisbury Electrical Safety plant. Honeywell is buying the company from Odyssey Investment Partners.

Myconostica Ltd.

April 10, 2008

Medical diagnostics

This UK-based company, which specializes in tests for life-threatening fungal infections, is locating its new U.S. headquarters in the Charleston region. The company said it chose Charleston because of the growth of its biotech cluster.

Arcadia Publishing

April 2, 2008

Jobs: 25

Book publisher

The nation's leading publisher of books on local history is expanding its corporate offices and national distribution center with an additional 22,100 square-feet of office and warehouse space.

Palmetto Behavioral Health

March 31, 2008

Mental health provider

Palmetto Behavioral Health, a Charleston-based mental health provider offering services for mental illness and addictive disease at four South Carolina facilities, has opened Indigo Pointe, a 10-bed private inpatient treatment center designed solely for women 18 and over.

King Street Grille

March 31, 2008

Full service, casual dining restaurant

King Street Grille is the latest business to open at Freshfields Village, located at the crossroads to Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Island, and is the fourth dining establishment there. The restaurant is their third location in the greater Charleston area.

Eskimo Advertising

March 21, 2008

Advertising and public relations for small and medium sized businesses

"With the diverse tourist, hospitality, cultural and retail mix, I felt Charleston was the perfect thriving city to expand my growing company," said Eskimo Advertising owner Lorrie Dixson.

Jafza International

March 12, 2008

Global free zone management and consultancy

This Dubai-based company has opened its North American headquarters in Charleston with plans to launch a $600 million logistics and business park project in Orangeburg by 2010. The office will be their base for the Orangeburg project as well as other business throughout the United States.

Louis Vuitton

March 10, 2008

H&R Block

March 5, 2008

Professional tax preparation service.

Assists with timely and accurate information on tax matters, like the tax rebates checks due to be mailed this summer to most individuals. H&R Block has the experience and knowledge to make sense of this legislation.

The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation

March 5, 2008



EntryPoint of Charleston (Coastal Transformations)

February 29, 2008

Decorative door glass

Decorative door glass for the home.


February 28, 2008

Children's clothing and toy store

Publix Supermarket Ben Sawyer

February 28, 2008

Grocery store

Publix Supermarkte Hwy 17 & Main Rd.

February 28, 2008

Grocery store


February 25, 2008

Investment: $1 Million

Motion Picture Theater

10-screen theater with bar drinks and an expansive food menu

Inman & Inman LLC

February 21, 2008

Provider of custom hardwood furniture and fixtures

Provider of custom hardwood furniture and fixtures

Greenlight Delivery

February 18, 2008

Delivery Service

Charleston’s first Green Delivery Service! Professional courier service for the greater Charleston & Tri County area.

MeadWestvaco Corp. - Specialty Chemicals

February 18, 2008

Performance chemicals manufacturing

Aquired Eastman Chemical Co.’s pine chemicals product line, which will result in MeadWestvaco acquiring all intellectual property and technology associated with Pamite® tall oil rosins and Pamak® tall oil fatty acids now manufactured at Eastman’s Franklin, Virginia, plant. MeadWestvaco will transition production to its Specialty Chemicals plants, which includes Charleston, SC.

Teachers Supply Closet

February 13, 2008

Free school supplies to teachers.

Teachers' Supply Closet is a non-profit organization that provides free school supplies to teachers in the greater Charleston area who work at select schools that have at least 95 percent or higher of their students on the free or reduced price meal program. Our goal is to help schools at 70 percent or higher in the future.

Huntington Learning Center

February 9, 2008

Supplemental educational instruction.

Huntington Learning Center offers instruction in reading, writing, math, spelling, phonics, study skills, state testing prep, and one-to-one SAT and ACT exam prep. All instruction begins with a thorough diagnostic test to pinpoint a student’s exact academic needs. Based on the test results, an individualized learning program is prescribed.

Alan Belcher Law Offices LLC

February 4, 2008

Construction and insurance law

Construction and insurance law

Robert D. Robbings Attorney at Law LLC

February 4, 2008

Personal injury, criminal defense, business litigation. local govt, and land-use planning law services

Personal injury, criminal defense, business litigation. local govt, and land-use planning law services

k. morgan

January 28, 2008

Designer woman's clothing and handbags

Designer woman's clothing and handbags

Garco Park

January 25, 2008

Jobs: 100

Mixed-use development.

Garco Park will include neighborhood retail, commercial offices, residential loft condominiums, a grocery store and light industrial facilities oriented around a pedestrian streetscape similar to the recently revitalized East Montague retail corridor. The project is anticipated to include over 350,000 square feet of new development and create hundreds of jobs for this area of North Charleston.

GDC Home

January 21, 2008

Home decor store

Home decor store

Party and Play Promotions

January 21, 2008

Party supply store

Party supply store

Delfin Group USA

January 21, 2008

Jobs: 170

Mixing and bottling of motor oil

The expansion of Delfin Russia has acquired a lube blending facility and will serve the automotive, commercial and industrial markets. Delfin was attracted to the site’s deepwater access; three rail spurs linking the site to both Norfolk Southern and CSX rail service; and the site’s easy highway access.

Sonoco Recycling

January 21, 2008

Jobs: 8
Investment: $1 Million

State-of-the-art materials recycling facility

Relocation of recycling facility from 20 Braswell St in Charleston.

EduSearch LLC

January 20, 2008

Higher-education executive search firm

Higher-education executive search firm

Miller-Motte Technical College

January 14, 2008

Investment: $.5 Million

Two year technical college

Two year technical college added cosmetology building and program.

Sojourn Coffee

January 7, 2008

Coffee shop

Local Coffee shop

NYPD Pizza

January 7, 2008

Pizza restaurant chain

Pizza restaurant chain

Social Event Design & Planning

January 7, 2008

Social Event planning firm

Social Event planning firm

II Brunettes

January 7, 2008

Clothing boutique

Locally owned clothing boutique.

Beef O'Brady's

January 6, 2008

Burger chain

Burger chain adding new location in Mount Pleasant (also has one in Summerville)

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