Area continues to experience steady development

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Retailers, restaurants and service businesses are changing the landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, planned projects, commercial transactions, grand openings and closings.

  • Sea Turtle Marketplace, 430 William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head. Construction at the former Pineland Station site, built in 1975, is nearing its completion after a start-stop-start journey for the past two years at the 140,000 square-foot complex. Builder Sandcastle Constructors of Hilton Head expects to finish work by the end of March, according to owner Tommy Smith.

The shell portion of the smaller of two buildings, located close to the main entrance, should be completed by early February, and the second larger building should see completion by early March, he said.

"That concludes my work for the developer," Smith said. "By the end of March, all parking lots, sidewalks and landscaping will be completed on the portion of the work we're doing at this time. The buildings will be turned over to the tenants at that time, so Jersey Mike's, Another Broken Egg Cafe, Nail Talk & Polished Spa and Fiamme Italian Kitchen can do the interior work." Their openings should be in the next few months.

Starbucks, which had been open during the duration of redevelopment, was destroyed by a fire on Jan. 21. The original plans called for a teardown of the existing building with a new one being constructed on the same site. Smith said he doesn't know the status now of future plans.

  • Planet Fitness, 50 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. This national fitness center franchise will open a 24,050-square-foot facility at the former Bi-Lo grocery site at Myrtle Park Plaza this fall. It will provide state-of-the-art equipment, massage chairs, massage beds and tanning.
  • Kroger, Shelter Cove Town Centre, Hilton Head. This Cincinnati-based chain recently began offering its customers a respite from grocery shopping by offering a dozen craft beers on tap, wine and sandwiches in an area between its Starbucks and deli.
  • Crazy Crab, Jarvis Creek, Hilton Head. This local favorite is expanding its covered outdoor seating area from 325 to 400 seats, and its outdoor bar seating from four to 40. A spring completion on the project is expected.

Grand openings, ribbon cuttings, closings:

  • On Q Financial, 80 Baylor Drive, suite 113, Bluffton, Jan. 11. This Charlotte-based mortgage consultant company with 70 branches nationwide provides counsel and guidance through the home loan mortgage process.
  • June & Associates, 99 Main St., Hilton Head, Jan. 22. This full-service tax, accounting and business consulting firm CPA has moved into a new office at the former Re/Max building.
  • Hallmark, Hilton Head and Bluffton. The two popular card and stationery stores - at Shoppes at Indigo Run on the island and at Belfair Towne Village in Bluffton - are closing. A manager at the Bluffton location said they were unsure exactly when the store would be closing.

Have Bluffton or Hilton Head business news (new construction relocations, expansions, openings, ownership changes, etc.) to share? Send information to Dean Rowland at leaftoo@live.com.

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