Retailers, restaurants, medical facilities 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.
• Okatie Medical Pavilion, 122 Okatie Center Blvd. North, Bluffton. Beaufort Medical Hospital opened this 19-acre outreach facility in early November, located near the Sun City residential community. The three-story, 70,000-square-foot facility provides an express care clinic, a walk-in clinic, cancer and orthopedic treatments, breast health care and imaging centers.
It also offers outpatient rehabilitation with vascular surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology specialists and primary care physicians. There is no in-stay offered. The facility’s price tag tops out at about $26 million. The hospital still plans to build a mini-hospital in the Buckwalter area with emergency and acute care beds in the future.
• Maggie and Me, 6 Bruin Road, Bluffton. This boutique clothing store recently opened and sells wares to women, teens and young children. Owner Rebecca Mancini opened her original location in Ohio more than 20 years ago. Casual and sophisticated are her store’s fashion calling cards.
• Island West, U.S. 278, Bluffton. The homeowners association of this golf course community has voted to buy the facility. At stake are the homeowners’ quality of life and a complete transformation of their neighborhood from a golf community into a paved over commercial entity.
The HOA of 258 homeowners has agreed to pay $1.45 million for the 18-hole golf course, which has been closed since April. Financing for the purchase has yet to be determined.
• Harris Teeter, 163 Sea Island Pkwy., Lady’s Island, Beaufort. This national grocery chain plans to compete with Publix across the street by submitting revised plans before the Beaufort Design Review Board. The developers have amended the site and landscaping plan that were originally approved.
A gas station and convenience store are also proposed for the site, with a 56,000-square-foot Harris Teeter store anchoring the location. Harris Teeter has two locations on Hilton Head. Meanwhile, Publix is pursuing a possible additional location in northern Beaufort along Boundary Street.
• Rent Sons, pat@rentsons,com. This new Beaufort County-based company lines up young adults to assist homeowners with simple odd jobs around the house. Among its services are landscaping, painting, moving, junk removal, event assistance and more. The local company, which began offering services last year in Charleston and locally in September, is managed by Zach Rockefeller, a student at USCB.
“I believe USCB students should experience a close connection to an older knowledgeable generation that is offered in Beaufort County,” Rockefeller said. “They have the opportunity to grow and learn a lot that they may not get in a classroom.”
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