Kick-boxing, barbecue and big plans dominate business news

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

9Round, 8210 Pinellas Drive Suite D, Bluffton. The world's largest and fastest growing kickboxing franchise will be opening a new location across from Berkeley Place. This specialized gym, fitness center and health club, dedicated to circuit training with an emphasis on kickboxing, combines cardio and resistance training for a 30-minute, full-body workout. Trainers onsite help students attain their fitness goals.

The Greenville-based company, founded in 2008, also has a franchise on Hilton Head.

Smokehouse, 34 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head. This popular barbecue restaurant, which burned down last summer, received unanimous approval with conditions by the Town of Hilton Head Island Design Review Board on Dec. 10 to rebuild the establishment. Owner Jerry Leonard wants to construct a 7,515-square-foot, two-story restaurant with outdoor patios, mixing vintage and modern design elements.

The original building was built in the 1970s, and Smokehouse relocated there in 2010 from Pope Avenue near Coligny Plaza.

New Riverside Park, Bluffton. Wood+Partners Inc., a regional land planning and landscape architectural firm with an office on Hilton Head Island, presented its initial master plan for a multi-recreational use, 800-acre park before Bluffton Town Council on Jan. 21. Council approved the initial master plan for hiking, biking, primitive camping, paddling, kayaking, picnicking, observation areas, restrooms and a 25-space parking lot.

The acreage straddles the New River to the west and sits on old rice fields, most of which are protected wetlands. The first phase of the recreational usage would include a picnic shelter and 4.5 miles of trails and waterways for hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing. Most of the land is owned by Beaufort County, with Bluffton owning a parcel north of the park. Final council approval of the plan awaits.

Grand openings, ribbon cuttings and closings:

Five Guys, 1019 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. Patrons will have to wait until at least March 2 to order handcrafted burgers and fries as it undergoes renovation. This location in the Best Buy shopping center opened in 2009, followed by an opening on Hilton Head three years later.

Another Broken Egg Café, Sea Turtle Marketplace, Hilton Head. This Louisiana-based franchise closed its doors for breakfast, brunch and lunch on Jan. 14. It opened in late 2018.

Have Bluffton or Hilton Head business news to share with our readers? Send information to Dean Rowland at leaftoo@live.com. Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.

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