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Obesity is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States. Recent statistics show that more than 78 million people are affected by obesity, whether that's through diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular issues, or even death. Millions try to lose weight every year to combat the negative effects that obesity brings about, but a large number of those people are unsuccessful. It can be easy for those without weight problems to say, "just lose the weight!" but unfortunately, weight loss isn't something that happens overnight. When done properly, it involves careful planning and professional help. When done incorrectly, it involves yo-yo dieting, fad diet solutions, and other unsafe methods.

Fad diets seen on TV can be encouraging, but the truth is most of these "programs" are less about healthy weight loss and more about losing weight fast. These unhealthy, unbalanced diets often foster weight gain, not weight loss over time.

Fortunately, more and more overweight adults and even children are turning to professionals for help, who not only help them achieve their weight loss goals but keep them on track and healthy for the long term. If you're looking for the highest quality medical weight loss in West Ashley, SC, look no further than Back 2 Health Physical Medicine.

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If you were to ask one of our experienced clinicians their tips for a healthy life, maintaining a healthy weight would be at the very top of the list. This is especially true given the prevalence of certain viruses like COVID-19, which can wreak havoc on the body of an unhealthy, overweight individual. Unfortunately, given the sheer number of diet plans and "miracle" weight loss supplements, dieting can be a confusing, counterproductive journey. To make matters worse, many of these weight loss programs are not medically tested or supervised, which is dangerous.

At Back 2 Health, our team is committed to helping our clients lose weight and maintain that weight loss, so they can live a healthy, fulfilling life. Unlike some weight loss companies that tout "quick weight loss solutions," Back 2 Health Physical Medicine focuses on real results through time-tested techniques, strong support, and sustainable habits. There are no starvation diets or extreme exercise plans at our weight loss clinic in West Ashley - only medically-backed programs customized to your lifestyle.

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Our medical weight loss programs include:

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Medical Counseling
  • Health Metrics
  • Access to Our Knowledgeable Weight Loss Team
  • Medication Management
  • Customized Weight Loss Program
  • Blood Work
  • Available Health Supplements Such as B-12 Injections

Why Choose Back 2 Health for Medical Weight Loss in West Ashley, SC?

If you have tried to lose weight in the past but have failed, don't sweat it - there are millions of other men and women in your shoes as well. Your weight loss challenges are less about you failing and more about the diets or regimens you used. When it comes to healthy weight loss, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. That's why, when you walk into our medical weight loss clinic, we will conduct a thorough assessment and develop a custom weight loss strategy that you feel good about.

Our clients choose Back 2 Health Physical Medicine because we truly care about our customers' health. Our goal is to be as flexible and open about your weight loss journey as possible. Our customized plans fit not only your health needs but also your fitness goals and budget requirements.

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Our comprehensive medical weight loss plans include:

  • Regular follow-ups to ensure that you are staying healthy as you slim down
  • Cutting-edge treatments that reduce food cravings and speed up your metabolism
  • Ongoing support from our highly trained weight loss team
  • Personalized diet and exercise plans created with your lifestyle and medical history in mind
  • Education about exercise and how you can start a regular exercise routine
  • Prescription medications when needed
  • Enthusiastic tips and recommendations if you hit a weight loss plateau or don't achieve your goals
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Choosing a medically supervised weight loss treatment plan from Back 2 Health Physical Medicine ensures that you lose weight safely and effectively, even after you achieve your weight loss goals. As you shed excess weight, we can also provide training and recommendations that keep the pounds off for good. If you're ready to give up on crash dieting and unsafe fads, it's time to call Back 2 Health in West Ashley, SC. Your body, your friends, and your family will thank you!

A Safe Solution to Long-TermWeight Loss

If you were to ask someone on the street to name a popular fad diet, they probably wouldn't have much trouble. From Atkins to South Beach and Keto to Paleo, we've all heard of at least one popular weight-loss trend. The problem with these diets is that they only work for some people. Even then, the results are often short-lived.

If you're wondering whether you have been on or are currently using a fad diet, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there a "magic" food source that will melt the pounds off your body?
  • Is the speed of weight loss unnatural or unrealistic?
  • Can you achieve "weight loss" without proper diet and exercise?
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If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, chances are it's a fad diet, and it most likely won't be very effective over the long run. With fad diets, balanced nutrition often takes the back seat to sketchy weight loss pills or extreme life choices - all of which are counterproductive to a healthy life.

If you have struggled with your weight for any length of time, there's no doubt you're stressed out trying to find an effective solution. You probably have many stories about following fad diets, taking unhealthy diet pills, or even dropping big bucks on expensive exercise equipment. If you're like most of our clients, you're still struggling with your weight, despite your best efforts. The common theme here is that all of your self-made attempts happened without the medical guidance of a true medical weight loss clinic in West Ashley, SC.

If this sounds like you, we've got great news. The safest, most effective solution to losing weight starts with the help of Back 2 Health's medical weight loss plans. Instead of choosing a fad diet, speak to one of our weight loss healthcare professionals. We can help you lose weight in a way that you find enjoyable, so you actually like

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Factors That Contribute to Obesity

Obesity is a nuanced disease that involves excessive amounts of body fat. It's not just a cosmetic concern. It's a medical issue that raises a person's chance of severe diseases and health problems. Often, obese people have problems losing weight because of physiological, genetic, and environmental factors. There are many other contributing factors to weight gain, including:

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Inactivity

People who live sedentary lifestyles will take in more calories than they burn off through exercise or day-to-day activities. Inactivity is a huge problem in today's society, especially with the constant presence of computers, smartphones, and tablets that encourage the user to stay glued to their screen.

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Unhealthy Diet

If your daily food intake consists of high-caloric fast-food meals full of oversized portions, expect to gain weight quickly.

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Liquid Calories

Alcoholic and other high-calorie drinks like sodas cause people to intake large amounts of calories without ever feeling full. When combined with a poor diet and lack of water intake, consuming liquid calories can be a significant contributor to weight gain.

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Pregnancy

Weight gain is very common during pregnancy, but some women find it hard to lose the added pounds once they have given birth. With time, this weight gain will contribute to obesity.

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Lack of Sleep

When you don't get enough sleep, your whole body suffers. If you're only getting a few hours of sleep a night, you may notice increased appetite and even hormone changes. Both factors can contribute to obesity.

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Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is one of the healthiest choices you can make as an adult. However, sometimes smoking cessation causes weight gain. For some, this weight gain gets out of control and leads to obesity. Often times this happens as former smokers use food to cope with their withdrawals.

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Stress

When you're stressed out, you may turn to a chocolate bar or cheeseburger as "comfort food" to deal with whatever problem you're facing. Turning to fast food and sweets is not a healthy way to deal with stress and can lead to obesity.

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Consequences of Obesity

Although being obese is considered a physical condition, obesity's effects stretch far beyond a person's body composition and weight. Being overweight is associated with several long-term health problems. Many of these problems rank among the nation's leading reasons for premature death. Generally, the more excess weight you carry around, the more likely you are to develop negative complications with your health.

Individuals who are clinically obese have a heightened risk of the following ailments:

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  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Cardiovascular Issues (stroke, heart attack, and more)
  • Acid Reflux and Heartburn
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Joint Pain, Back Pain, and Orthopedic Issues
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Blood Clots
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Skin Infections
  • Incontinence from Stress
  • Breathing Problems
  • Cancer (colon, uterus, esophagus, cervix, pancreas, prostate, and more)
  • Severe Symptoms Resulting from COVID-19

The good news? Substantial weight loss is possible with diet, physical activity, and the help of a medical weight loss team. You do not have to be destined to live with obesity and a shorter life expectancy. Back 2 Health Physical Medicine is here to steer you down the path to a positive, healthy life for years to come.

Benefits of Using a Medical Weight Loss Clinic in West Ashley, SC

Controlling your weight is a healthy habit that allows you to maintain proper health. However, losing weight isn't just about looking better. It's about feeling better too and is a very important part of being healthy and well. Before you throw caution out the window and try a "miraculous" weight loss solution, contact Back 2 Health Physical Medicine. Our medical weight loss clinicians don't just focus on making you slimmer. Instead, we oversee improvements relating to hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, cholesterol, digestive problems, and diet. We are devoted to changing the lives of our clients, one weight loss plan at a time.

Here are just a few benefits of using a medical weight loss clinic:

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Inactivity
Inactivity

People who live sedentary lifestyles will take in more calories than they burn off through exercise or day-to-day activities. Inactivity is a huge problem in today's society, especially with the constant presence of computers, smartphones, and tablets that encourage the user to stay glued to their screen.

Unhealthy Diet
Unhealthy Diet

If your daily food intake consists of high-caloric fast-food meals full of oversized portions, expect to gain weight quickly.

Liquid Calories
Liquid Calories

Alcoholic and other high-calorie drinks like sodas cause people to intake large amounts of calories without ever feeling full. When combined with a poor diet and lack of water intake, consuming liquid calories can be a significant contributor to weight gain.

It's Time to Make a Change

When you sign up with Back 2 Health, know that you are taking a hugely important step to living a healthier life. If you're ready to feel better, look better, and live longer, call our medical weight loss clinic in West Ashley today. Before you know it, you will look and feel better than you ever have before.

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Plans unveiled for development on former West Ashley Piggly Wiggly site

Plans for the former Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley are taking shape, including an outdoor event space, restaurants with rooftops and outdoor dining options, offices and an underground parking complex.Developers behind the project, which they are pursuing through a public-private partnership with the city of Charleston, gave an update April 18 to the West Ashley Revitalization Commission on the progress of the site’s design.Although some changes may be made to the design before the project breaks ground, new renderings...

Plans for the former Piggly Wiggly site in West Ashley are taking shape, including an outdoor event space, restaurants with rooftops and outdoor dining options, offices and an underground parking complex.

Developers behind the project, which they are pursuing through a public-private partnership with the city of Charleston, gave an update April 18 to the West Ashley Revitalization Commission on the progress of the site’s design.

Although some changes may be made to the design before the project breaks ground, new renderings are the most detailed look the public has had at the project that’s been years in the making.

Mount Pleasant-based Landmark Enterprises is leading the development and Liollio Architecture is leading the design.

In the coming weeks, the design will go before the city’s Design Review Board. Some changes to the site’s general design may need to be incorporated as a result of the these presentations, Landmark Enterprises President Jason Ward said.

Meanwhile, the city is in negotiations with the developers and architect to form a development agreement. This will determine the different entities’ specific roles in the construction and funding of the project.

If all goes to plan, the project, which has been in the works since 2017, could break ground within a year.

“Its not unrealistic to think that dirt can’t be turned later this year,” said Councilman Peter Shahid, who represents the area.

The city of Charleston owns the former Piggly Wiggly property — now a 2.2-acre slab of pavement. The city purchased the site, at the intersection of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road, for $3 million in 2017 and demolished the store in 2018. The grocery store had been closed for nearly five years before the building was torn down. The city bought the property with plans to redevelop it and help give commercial development in West Ashley a needed boost.

Plans for the site presented April 18 include 12,000 square feet of office space, 20,000 square feet of civic space for meetings and city offices, and 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Most of the buildings will face Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

Developers are putting an emphasis on gathering spaces on the property, including a lawn for events such as farmers markets and outdoor movies.

“Outdoor dining was very attractive to most of the folks that we polled, as well as a live music venue,” Ward said.

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As currently designed, the lawn will be mostly surrounded by the buildings on the property, creating a sound barrier for passing traffic on Sam Rittenberg and Old Town Road. Between the buildings, visitors will traverse pedestrian walkways set back from the road.

“It’s kind of that effort to evoke the European, Italian or Greek-inspired small street areas,” Dinos Liollio, principal of Liollio Architecture, told the West Ashley Revitalization Commission.

A surface parking lot will cover the southeast corner of the lot. The developers proposed adding underground parking beneath it instead of a parking garage because area residents that were surveyed about the project were opposed to adding a large garage. In total, they plan to include about 230 parking spaces.

The design also plans to retain stormwater underground rather than in a surface level detention pond. This allows the site to accommodate the city’s stormwater detention policies without using too much of the surface level of the property, Ward said.

Representatives with Landmark have also started talking to local restaurant owners about opening locations in the development.

“We would like to see somebody fill a barbecue place role and somebody to fill a grill or brewery type roll and somebody to fill a tacos or Tex-Mex type role. We want to see what might make sense for West Ashley and what things might compliment one another,” said Jonathan Oakman, Enterprises’ vice president of development.

Shahid said he wished the plan moved along faster but acknowledged the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and competing priorities within city and county government.

At one point, Charleston County proposed a road project that would reconfigure the roadways surrounding the property. That proposal was scaled back and now focuses on intersection improvements, traffic-calming medians, and better bike and pedestrian access. While Shahid said he is content with the new plan, he had pushed for a more thorough road project.

“I would have liked to see something more dramatic but given folks perceptions and objections. ... I am satisfied with where we are,” Shahid said.

To increase accessibility, the project’s design includes a rideshare drop-off and pick up area. Developers are also in talks with the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority about adding a bus stop on site.

Editor’s note: this article has been updated to correct one of the roads in the intersection where the Piggly Wiggly property was located.

Historic Charleston hotel shuts down street for Easter block party

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A historic Charleston hotel shut down part of the peninsula to host a block party filled with fun for the whole family, and it was a hit with people who say they’re grateful to spend time with loved ones.Hundreds of Lowcountry families turned out for the first annual Easter Extravaganza at Charleston Place Sunday afternoon.West Ashley resident Drew Yochum says after the past two years, he and his family were glad to get back to their Easter traditions.“It’s been great to be abl...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A historic Charleston hotel shut down part of the peninsula to host a block party filled with fun for the whole family, and it was a hit with people who say they’re grateful to spend time with loved ones.

Hundreds of Lowcountry families turned out for the first annual Easter Extravaganza at Charleston Place Sunday afternoon.

West Ashley resident Drew Yochum says after the past two years, he and his family were glad to get back to their Easter traditions.

“It’s been great to be able to get out in the public and be back in church, and this has been her first time experiencing that,” Yochum said. “Just means the time to spend with family and friends, appreciate the blessings that we have, come out and enjoy that.”

The hotel, along with the City of Charleston, shut down Market Street between King and Meeting streets for two hours.

Families were able to enjoy live music, several food trucks and pop-up vendors on-site as well as a visit from the Easter bunny.

The kids also took part in an Easter egg hunt where organizers spread out over 10,000 eggs down Market Street.

Barbie Schriener’s daughter was one of them.

“It’s a time to be with family and to new beginnings, new life, new beginnings and to be with your family and talk about all the things you’re grateful for, you’re thankful for and the things you’re looking forward to in the spring,” she said.

John Teller, meanwhile, says this time of year is an opportunity for people to come together and make the world a better place.

“All faiths and all religions – respect that peace and the desire to work together is something that we all need, especially the past couple of years has made it more important of course,” Teller said.

People said holidays like Easter are a reminder to spend as much time with family as they can and cherish every single moment they have with them.

Charleston Place says they plan to continue hosting Easter block parties for years to come.

Mayor John Tecklenburg was on hand to help count down the Easter egg hunt.

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Widening debate runs through West Ashley

With the Charleston population growing more than 18% since 2010, Glenn McConnell Parkway now has more volume than the roadway is able to handle. The situation will only get worse through 2040, according to an assessment by Charleston County.In the next two years, the county will be addressing the issue by widening the four-lane road to six lanes, adding seven bus stops, improving turn lanes and landscaping, adding a new stoplight, and building a shared pedestrian and bike path.The improvements will span 2.1 miles from Bees Ferr...

With the Charleston population growing more than 18% since 2010, Glenn McConnell Parkway now has more volume than the roadway is able to handle. The situation will only get worse through 2040, according to an assessment by Charleston County.

In the next two years, the county will be addressing the issue by widening the four-lane road to six lanes, adding seven bus stops, improving turn lanes and landscaping, adding a new stoplight, and building a shared pedestrian and bike path.

The improvements will span 2.1 miles from Bees Ferry Road through Magwood Drive — the busy corner between Home Depot and Chick-fil-A. Charleston County officials said the construction will take two years, with an expected completion of March 2024.

Herbert Nimz, project manager with Charleston County, and David Wertz, construction engineering and inspection project manager for Charleston County’s project consultant, Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, led a March 21 public hearing at the Bees Ferry West Ashley Library to update the public about the Glenn McConnell Widening Project. Council members, including District 2 Councilman Kevin Shealy, District 6 Councilman Kylon Middleton and District 7 Councilman Brantley Moody, also attended the meeting.

As a line of community members snaked through the library waiting to sign in and fill nearly every seat before the meeting began, several attendees voiced their frustrations. The biggest concern seemed to be over noise that a six-lane road might cause.

Before Nimz was halfway through his presentation, the group was already firing off questions and expressing concerns about noise, flooding mitigation in communities, lack of sidewalks for the proposed bus paths and how the new Spinx gas station at the corner of Wildcat Boulevard and Glenn McConnell Parkway will impact traffic into West Ashley High School.

Officials first identified that Glenn McConnell Parkway was problematic in the 2016 half-cent sales tax referendum. Two years later, the first public meeting was held, asking for input on future plans. In January 2020, officials held a second meeting at West Ashley High School and two months later published a final report.

The Glenn McConnell Widening Project received project permits in 2021, and a construction contract was awarded earlier this year.

Chris Ebel, a home appraiser and West Ashley resident, worries officials are not widening the parkway to alleviate traffic, but to add even more cars to the road.

Since the 2020 meeting, Lennar’s Grand Bees has developed three phases of new residential homes on Bees Ferry Road, a Harris Teeter has opened down the street, and a new apartment complex is almost ready to open.

“Everybody’s doing the same thing. Let’s just get more cars, build 300 more apartments, and now we’re going to need eight lanes,” she said. “By then, this highway’s going to be in everybody’s living room.”

Nimz said many of the thousands of new homes built in the last two years should have been accounted for in the design process when the projects were under development.

“We have to do our best to assume growth ... especially because we live in an area that people want to live in, and that number’s pretty high,” Nimz said.

He added that while he doesn’t live in West Ashley and can’t speak for those who do, “there’s a limit to what you can do as far as preventing future development. That’s not what this (meeting) is about.”

A concern repeated throughout the meeting was the sound disruption caused by the current four-lane road and what that would evolve into with the addition of two more lanes and seven bus stops.

Several attendees, including Ebel, said that they can hear cars zipping down Glen McConnell Parkways as late as 11 p.m.

In addition to suggesting a lower enforced speed limit — the limit will be reduced during construction, then returned to 55 mph after completion — residents at the meeting requested a sound barrier.

A sound study was performed in 2019, Nimz said, but results did not determine the necessity for a wall. According to the Glenn McConnell Parkway Highway Traffic Noise Technical Memorandum published in April 2020, only one of the four communities studied met the requirements for a sound barrier; however, aerial power lines permanently prevent a structure from being erected along that portion of the corridor.

Other community members requested another study to be done, one individual asking if her homeowners’ associations could perform another study out of pocket. Nimz and Wertz said industry standards were followed to collect the data.

To accommodate expansion, construction will push outward to create a third westbound lane, while eastbound, construction will push inside toward the grass median.

Throughout the 2.1-mile plan, four bus stops with pullover lanes will be added westbound, with three added eastbound. Each bus stop will include a shelter, bench, trash receptacle and bicycle rack.

On the east side of the parkway, a multi-use path between 8 and 12 feet wide will run from Bees Ferry Road to Glenn McConnell Parkway. At its closest point, the path will be a few feet off the main road. At its furthest, the path will have a 10-foot buffer between traffic with Jersey barriers in some areas. In others, the path will be separated from the main road by existing ditches.

The westbound side will have short walkways from the bus stops back into the nearest community, but officials were stumped when asked if further sidewalks would be added westbound to connect stops to other communities or if crosswalks would be added to allow bus travelers to cross Glenn McConnell Parkway and connect to transportation.

Nimz said planners did their best to make connections to existing facilities. For the bus stop at Goodwill Way, he said, “You may have to travel that backroad and then walk up to Mary Ader.”

Down the road at the corner of Glenn McConnell Parkway and William E. Murray Boulevard, a four-building, 341-unit apartment complex has been proposed adjacent to West Ashley High School. A new Spinx gas station is already under construction at the corner of Wildcat Boulevard and the parkway.

Nimz said the Spinx will have right-in, right-out entrances and exits, meaning traffic leaving on the Wildcat Boulevard side would only have the option to turn right, pull a U-turn or circle around the school, and then come back out to Glenn McConnell Parkway.

West Ashley resident Craig Peterkin worried how that will affect traffic, especially during school drop-off and pickup, and during rush hour.

“When those plans were originally made, was consideration given for the new 300-unit complex and the gas station going in on that corner?” Peterkin said.

Nimz said the Spinx plans would have been accounted for as he doesn’t believe the S.C. Department of Transportation would bring in a development that would negatively affect the designs and “throw off the whole project.”

“In coordination with the DOT, they would have gotten with us in plan-development,” Nimz said. “This project has been in design since 2018, so we’ve had ongoing conversations with the DOT. Anything that comes after that, they would have to work with DOT to get approval for access.”

Eight intersections will be improved in the next two years, including the intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Glenn McConnell Parkway. Plans there call for signal modifications, an additional left turn lane, sidewalk connection and improvements, new shared-use path, enhanced landscaping.

Bees Ferry Road will not incur any enhancements beyond the intersection once traffic flows onto the road. Nimz also clarified there will not be improvements to the right turn lane onto Glenn McConnell Parkway.

The parkway will be completely paved by the end of the project.

Phase 1 of 3 on the construction timeline includes shoulder work from Bees Ferry Road to Magwood Drive, prep work for the installation of an additional westbound travel lane and minor drainage modifications.

Any work requiring lane closures will be done at night during off-peak hours.

“We plan to give quarterly updates about status of the project to be shared with HOA presidents in the area and dispersed to residents, accordingly,” he said.

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Charleston grocer to close after 48 years; downtown bookstore to go dark after 37 years

A longtime Charleston supermarket soon will start clearing the shelves while a Christian bookstore on King Street plans to close after 37 years.In West Ashley, Doscher’s IGA at 1133 Savannah Highway in West Ashley will launch its liquidation sale starting May 4 after 48 years of offering fresh vegetables and cuts of beef along with everyday household staples.Starting discount amounts will be in the range of 10-20 percent, but, like most grocery store closings, the markdowns will gradually increase until t...

A longtime Charleston supermarket soon will start clearing the shelves while a Christian bookstore on King Street plans to close after 37 years.

In West Ashley, Doscher’s IGA at 1133 Savannah Highway in West Ashley will launch its liquidation sale starting May 4 after 48 years of offering fresh vegetables and cuts of beef along with everyday household staples.

Starting discount amounts will be in the range of 10-20 percent, but, like most grocery store closings, the markdowns will gradually increase until the shelves are empty, co-owner Johnny Doscher said.

“We don’t have a closing date, but I’m thinking it will be toward the end of May,” he said.

The store’s lease expires at the end of June, and Doscher wants to have time to clear out all of the equipment during the store’s final month.

“The landlord’s future plans do not provide Doscher’s the opportunity to stay,” Doscher said.

Plans are in the works to demolish the grocery store as well as an outparcel structure that once housed a café to make way for four new buildings.

The city’s Design Review Board will consider a request to raze the structures in the Whole Foods Market-anchored West Ashley Station Shopping Center on May 2.

Plans for the site from developer SJC Ventures of Georgia show two new, side-by-side structures: one of 10,000 square feet and another of 6,200 square feet where the grocery store now stands.

Two more buildings will be located on outparcels under the redevelopment plans.

The site of now-closed Burrell & Flynn’s Bakery at 1209 Savannah Highway is slated to be replaced with a 5,424-square-foot building. Another 5,033-square-foot structure is being proposed on the right side of the property behind the former bakery.

The bakery’s lease expired in February 2021, and it had been leasing month to month before closing. It closed last August and moved much of its operations to its café in Columbia called Upper Crust, according to co-owner Beth Burrell.

A developer’s representative did not immediately respond for comment on any future tenants lined up for the proposed new buildings.

Doscher’s IGA has another store on Remount Road in Hanahan, where the company plans to do an upgrade once the close-out of the West Ashley store is completed.

Store hours for the closing supermarket are 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

New chapter

In downtown Charleston, Pauline Books & Media at 243 King St. will close in January, leaving a high-profile corner in the retail district after 37 years, according to Sister Margaret Kerry.

The half-block-long property along Beaufain Street is owned by Daughters of St. Paul Religious Trust of Boston, which bought the site in 1984 for $750,000, according to Charleston County land records.

The prominently located shop sits across from The Charleston Place Hotel. Four sisters live above the store and will be transferred to new locations.

Plans for the property once the store closes have not been decided, according to Sister Tracey Dugas.

Daughters of St. Paul also is closing locations in Honolulu, Chicago and San Antonio to focus more on online media. Nine locations across the U.S. and Canada will remain open.

“We realize closing these locations will leave a void, and to say we will miss you in these cities is an understatement,” said Sister Donald Maria Lynch, provincial superior of the Daughters of St. Paul in the U.S. and Toronto.

“As Daughters of St. Paul, we are missionary sisters sent to bring Christ to the world through the most effective means of communication,” Lynch said. “We are reconfiguring our 13 physical locations across the continent to carry out our in-person and online mission more effectively.”

Store materials are available online, and will be after the King Street store closes, at paulinestore.com. The shop is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

New threads

A new women’s clothing boutique is coming to East Cooper.

Sweetgrass and Sand Dollars will host its grand opening May 1 in a 702-square-foot shop at 1305 Theater Drive in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

Shop owner Caroline Yodice, who first launched as an online-only operation in 2021, will offer upscale and everyday fashions for women of all ages.

“It’s always been my dream to open my own boutique, and it feels surreal to open ... right here in my hometown,” Yodice said.

Hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Sweetness

In northern Mount Pleasant, a new sweet shop is in the works.

Dulce, which means “sweet” in Spanish, plans to open soon at 3064 Proprietors Place in the Walmart-anchored Market at Oakland Shopping Center off U.S. Highway 17.

The business will offer craft ice cream, churros and cocktails along with hot chocolate, beer, wine and pastries. Shop owner Yesenia Leon said she hopes to be open in May.

The shop is next to a New York Butcher Shoppe location that is planning to open soon.

Driving in

A new auto parts store plans to open in Goose Creek.

Memphis, Tenn.-based AutoZone has applied for a stormwater permit to build a new 7,381-square-foot shop with 31 parking spaces at 1114 Red Bank Road.

The vacant 1-acre parcel is west of discount store Family Dollar and across from Goose Creek High School.

Gassing up

A new convenience store and gas station is in the works near Summerville.

Charleston-based Refuel has applied for a stormwater permit to build a 4,694-square-foot store with 20 gas pumps on the southeast corner of the juncture of Orangeburg Road and U.S. Highway 78.

The two-acre parcel is in the Jedburg area and near the Drakesborough subdivision, according to site plans.

Rolling in

A Lowcountry golf cart business is not only adding a new showroom, it’s also moving down the street.

Charleston Custom Golf Carts is building a 10,000-square-foot retail space at 2466 Clements Ferry Road, with plans to open within the next couple of months, according to co-owner Christian Amico.

The 4,000-square-foot business is currently at 2300 Clements Ferry. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Ribbon snipping

The new RV One Superstores recreational vehicle dealer that recently opened in Ladson will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. May 4 at 691 Treeland Drive near Interstate 26 and College Park Road.

Chronicle Country Boys Tennis Teams Advance in Playoffs; Swansea's Mack Gets 250th Win

Chronicle County boys tennis teams are moving on to the third round of the S.C. High School League playoffs.River Bluff defeated Stratford 6-0 Thursday, setting up an all-Region 5-5A matchup with Dutch Fork Monday. The Silver Foxes beat West Ashley and look to avenge a regular-season loss to the Gators.In Class 4A, Irmo won its second straight road playoff match. The Yellow Jackets defeated Catawba Bridge 4-3 and will face Region 4-4A rival Dreher Monday in the third round.Second-round action continues Friday in Class 2A...

Chronicle County boys tennis teams are moving on to the third round of the S.C. High School League playoffs.

River Bluff defeated Stratford 6-0 Thursday, setting up an all-Region 5-5A matchup with Dutch Fork Monday. The Silver Foxes beat West Ashley and look to avenge a regular-season loss to the Gators.

In Class 4A, Irmo won its second straight road playoff match. The Yellow Jackets defeated Catawba Bridge 4-3 and will face Region 4-4A rival Dreher Monday in the third round.

Second-round action continues Friday in Class 2A when Batesburg-Leesville plays host to Landrum at 4 p.m.

Baseball

Airport 8, Spring Valley 1

Layne Turner went 4-4 with two RBI and Billy Elswick went 2-3 with a two-run homer as the Eagles won for the 13th time in 14 games.

John Allen Forester struck out eight and allowed four hits in eight innings for the victory.

Airport (18-5, 7-1) travels to Irmo Friday.

Brookland-Cayce 14, Swansea 2

The Bearcats wrapped up an undefeated season in Region 5-3A Thursday with their 15th consecutive victory

Brookland-Cayce (16-3, 10-0) will open the Class 3A playoffs at home Tuesday against Loris.

Lugoff-Elgin 10, Irmo 5

Girls Soccer

Gilbert 9, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 0

Kinzee Mozley posted another hat trick as she and Erin Taylor each had three goals and the Lady Indians finished out Region 5-3A play Thursday.

The final goal scored by Mozley at the 44-minute mark was the team’s 100th goal of the season. The match was stopped after 55 minutes.

Gilbert (16-5, 10-) will open the Class 3A playoffs at home Tuesday against the fourth place team out of Region 7-3A.

River Bluff 9, Providence Athletic Club 0

Alanna Colbert scored two goals and had six assists as the Lady Gators closed out the regular season with a victory.

Katie Freiberger and Erika Violette were in goal for the shutout.

River Bluff opens the Class 3A playoffs at home Tuesday against Carolina Forest.

Fox Creek 5, Batesburg-Leesville 0

Boys Soccer

Gilbert 3, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 0

The Indians closed out the regular season by finishing in second place in Region 5-3A.

Gilbert (13-4, 8-2) will play host to Loris Monday in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.

River Bluff 11, Providence Athletic Club 0

Matthew Rotola, Jackson Collins and Tripp Bryant all had two goals each to lead the Gators on Senior Night.

River Bluff will open the Class 5A playoffs Monday at home against St. James.

Irmo 4, Lugoff-Elgin 0

Fox Creek 2, Batesburg-Leesville 1

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