After a few major blows, including the opening of Citadel Mall and Hurricane Hugo in the 1980s, Ashley Landing Shopping Center has seen its fair share of tenant turnover and prolonged vacancies, resulting in a bit of an identity crisis.
But despite its setbacks, as well as a failed attempt by Charleston city planners and local residents more than 10 years ago to get the Cordish Co. , a Baltimore-based real estate developer that owns Ashley Landing, to agree to a large-scale overhaul of the dated retail center, West Ashley's oldest mall continues to fill holes.
Adding its name to the long list of retailers who have called Ashley Landing home, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts has signed a lease for a piece of the former Carolina Pottery building.
Citing financial troubles, Carolina Pottery closed its doors in 2001, after four years of operation.
The 87,000-square-foot space has since been subdivided and leased to Dollar Tree and Pivotal Fitness, formerly Omni Fitness of Charleston.
Rick Towne, owner of the Bumper to Bumper franchise in Charleston, claimed the remaining piece of the pie about two weeks ago: a 24,000-square-foot store on the corner of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and S.C. Highway 171, near Charles Towne Landing.
Towne operates six Bumper to Bumper locations in the Charleston area.
According to Kit Regnery of NAI Batten & Moore, the company that brokered the deal, the space has not been occupied since the subdivision and needs to undergo extensive renovations — heating and air, electrical, plumbing — before the auto parts retailer opens in about six months.
Ashley Landing, called Ashley Plaza Mall until it reopened after Hugo, was built in 1972 around Condon's department store.
After 30 years at its anchor location, the family-owned and operated retailer closed in 1999, making way for Magoo's Supercenter and later A.J. Wright.
On the radar
--Mojo's Club & Cigar Bar: Opened recently at 975 Bacons Bridge Road, Summerville. The 3,000-square-foot venue features a full bar, appetizer menu and live music on weekends.
--The Wells Gallery: Relocating to a renovated space at 125 Meeting St. The gallery will reopen for the French Quarter Art Walk on March 7.
--Anytime Fitness: Signed a lease in Summerville's Brickyard Crossing Shopping Center, making it the first 24-hour fitness facility in the area. The club is expected to open around April 1.
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