Just when we think that the wave of new business openings has reached its peak, the news of new ventures just keeps coming. Here’s the latest business buzz around Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.
New Parker’s coming: We talked about a permit on Bluffton Parkway for a new gas station and convenience store a couple of issues back. Well, it’s official. Parker’s is looking to build on the spot at the corner of the Parkway and Oliver Court, directly across from EnMarket. They have posted a public notice sign on the lot, alerting folks they have submitted a permit to build.
Parker’s also recently broke ground on a new Hilton Head Island location in Sea Turtle Marketplace, diagonally across from a new upgraded Circle K that sprung from the rubble of the former Circle K at U.S. 278 and Mathews Drive.
Both new builds are slated to be Parker’s Kitchen locations, offering grab-and-go meals cooked on-site.
Indoor golf wars begin: We told you about Chronic Golf, a new indoor golf and sports simulator bar and grill opening on New Orleans Road. The exciting new concept, which will let you play some of the world’s most challenging golf courses, also offers other sports like football, baseball and soccer. The new concept from husband and wife team Jeff and Ashley Smith is gearing up for a mid-June soft opening.
Driving through Tanger 2, we also noticed a “Coming Soon” sign for a new X-Golf location in the parking-lot-adjacent store space next to Narwhal Gifts and across from Build-A-Bear Workshop. Based on other locations, the franchise feels less like a hangout that Chronic aims to be and more like a Top Golf location. It features simulators using proprietary X-Golf technology, and offers lessons with on-site pros, leagues, memberships and tournaments.
Add that to the new TopTracer driving range at Palmetto Dunes Resort, using the tech featured on PGA telecasts and at TopGolf, and golfers have gone very quickly from zero roofed golfing spots to three in the very near future.
More openings at Tanger: We already told you about the recently opened and highly acclaimed La Pizzeria at Tanger 2. Now, the outlet stores mall is welcoming a trio of new stores. L+B Boutique features a combination of women’s and children’s clothing, indoor and outdoor home décor and furnishings, and an array of beauty and wellness products. A new Lids cap franchise has also recently opened at Tanger 2.
Over at Tanger 1, Carolina Me Crazy recently celebrated its grand opening at Suite 301 in between Michael Kors and Van Heusen. The casual coastal clothing store’s original location is at 723 Bay St. in Beaufort. The store features creations from brands like Salt Life, Guy Harvey, Simply Southern, Sunuk and Reef.
New eatery in old Crave locale: Toro Latin and Asian Fare has opened in the former Crave by Daniels spot at 2 North Forest Beach Drive across from Coligny Plaza. The eatery is from the creators of Chez George Bistro and Bar on the island’s South End. Owner George Casalicchio has teamed with executive chef and partner Eric Golden for a combo of Latino and Korean favorites such as tacos, poke bowls and cerviche.
Familiar name, kind of: The Sheridan Park location that was more recently Sebastian’s and known mostly as Sigler’s is being transformed into a new deli and restaurant from a familiar face.
Stacy Gruber worked with her uncle at Gruby’s on Hilton Head for more than 30 years and has decided to open her own similarly themed eatery, Grooby’s, Too! (Yes, you’re seeing the spelling correctly.) Gruber said she hopes to be open the first week of July if construction proceeds as planned.
More doings at New River Crossing: The storefronts around the new Publix are starting to take shape. A physical therapy office has hung a permit on the window next to the AT&T store. Work continues on the stand-alone Starbucks location. And reliable sources tell me that Bill’s Liquors, a long-time staple in Kittie’s Crossing, is planning a new store in the plaza.
New mobile vet takes to the road: Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Forster has opened Fetch A Vet mobile veterinary services. After nearly two decades of office practice in Connecticut and Oklahoma, Forster moved to Bluffton with her family in 2019 and has been planning the service since she arrived.
Fetch A Vet offers wellness exams, allergy and pain management, vaccines, heartworm testing and end-of-life care for your pet. Call 843-580-6209 or visit fetchavetsc.com to book an in-home visit.
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