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No-frills grocer Aldi set to open soon in Mount Pleasant, Sephora to open in Citadel Mall J.C. Penney

March 1, 2017 GMT

Mount Pleasant’s newest grocery shopping option is poised to open, possibly as early as Thursday.

No-frills grocer Aldi is set to open its second Charleston-area supermarket in Mount Pleasant. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Germany-based Aldi supermarket is set to welcome customers at 613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in East Cooper Shopping Plaza, according to a clerk taking job applications Wednesday during a hiring event at the store. A grand opening celebration is planned for no later than March 16, according to a sign on the door and the company’s website.

The no-frills grocer, a sister to Trader Joe’s just down the street, took over the space previously occupied by Pinz Bowling and More after acquiring the 20,864-square-foot space last summer.

With U.S. headquarters in Batavia, Ill., the small-format grocer relies mostly on its own line of products and very few workers to keep costs down. It carries about 1,400 fast-moving grocery items instead of 30,000 different products found at larger chain stores.

To further keep costs in line by reducing workers’ time collecting carts, customers must deposit a quarter in a cart to retrieve one and then return the cart to its portal to get the quarter back. Cash, credit, debit and EBT cards can be used. The grocer does not accept checks or WIC cards. Shoppers should bring their own bags or buy reusable ones during checkout.

It’s the second Aldi in the Charleston area. The chain opened its first Lowcountry store in 2015 at 10015 Dorchester Road in Summerville, also the site of a former bowling alley.

With 1,600 small-format stores in the United States, Aldi announced in 2014 that it intended to add 650 locations across the country by 2018.

Aldi, which is short for Albrecht Discount, is an international chain started by Germany’s Albrecht family. The company split into two parts — Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud — in 1960 when founders and brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht disagreed on selling cigarettes in their stores. Aldi Nord owns Trader Joe’s, which has a store at 401 Johnnie Dodds. The two companies are independent and have no operating relationship.

Aldi announced in February it plans to invest $1.6 billion to remodel and expand more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020.

The new Mount Pleasant store will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Aldi competitor Lidl, also based in Germany, plans to open its first Lowcountry store this summer on St. James Avenue in Goose Creek.

Beauty spots

A sign on the window of a downtown Charleston store says a new shop called ibeauty will open this summer at 562 King St. That’s in the retail shops on upper King built as part of the Midtown dual hotel complex near Spring Street.

Also, cosmetics purveyor Sephora plans to open a shop in J.C. Penney at Citadel Mall in October, according to store manager Calvin Tucker. Sephora already operates at J.C. Penney in Northwoods Mall in North Charleston. It opened a stand-alone retail shop at 289 King St. in downtown Charleston last March.

Dollar days

A new dollar store is headed to North Charleston.

Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree plans to open a 10,815-square-foot store at 5341 Dorchester Road in Evanston Plaza.

Dangling a line

It’s fishing season, and to celebrate The Charleston Angler will offer its 17th annual Spring Fling Saturday and Sunday at 654 St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley.

Look for special guests, seminars and in-store specials. Special sales also will be available at the retailer’s Mount Pleasant and City Market locations.

The Expo runs 7 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Petal power

As part of International Women’s Day, downtown Charleston florist Tiger Lily will give away 200 bouquets of daffodils March 8.

Customers will be given two five-stem daffodil bouquets — one to keep and the other to “petal it forward” and give a woman who has made a difference in their life.

A requested $5 donation will be donated to Thrive SC, which provides services for women and children survivors of domestic violence.

Also, 20 percent of the proceeds from Charity in Bloom arrangements will be donated to Thrive SC during March.

Tiger Lily owners Manny and Clara Gonzales started the Charity in Bloom program as a way to increase awareness and raise funds for nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health and wellness of children and families through medical research, education and mentorship. Each month, proceeds from a custom-designed arrangement are shared with a partner organization.

Artisans market

Marigolds of Summerville will host a local artisan’s market on the first Saturday of each month from March through December. The market at 112 E. 3rd North St. is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special guest in March is local resident and designer Joni Vanderslice. She will be at the shop 4-6 p.m. for a book signing of “Southern Coastal Living.”

Dress to impress

In preparation for its annual Prom Boutique, Palmetto Goodwill is collecting formal dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories.

Striving to make prom night more affordable for local students, the Prom Boutique will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18 at the Goodwill Community Service Center in North Charleston.

Cocktail dresses will be sold for $14.99 and long evening gowns and ball gowns will be available for $19.99. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary refreshments, entertainment, giveaways and more.

Donations will be accepted at any Palmetto Goodwill location. Large donation pickups also can be arranged. Proceeds will support Palmetto Goodwill. For more information, go to palmettogoodwill.org.

Dressing tips

Cator Sparks, editor of The Manual dressing guide for men, will be at men’s clothing retailer M. Dumas & Sons at 294 King St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 9.

Bourbon, bites and men’s suiting tips will be offered during one of the events the local retailer is offering as part of its 100-year celebration. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to We Are Family, a gay and lesbian youth support group.