Retailers, restaurants and service businesses continue to change the commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, planned projects, commercial transactions, grand openings and closings.
- St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Buckwalter Place, Bluffton. The Savannah-based healthcare provider plans to expand and build a new regional medical campus in the area. Expanded services will include physical therapy and oncology treatment to local residents who won't have to travel to Savannah. Construction on the $22 million, 40,000-square-foot project is expected to be completed in 2023.
- Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, 2 Park Lane, Hilton Head. This venerable island organization announced plans to move into the first floor of the 12,000-square-foot facility at 7 Lagoon Road on the island next summer. Its 36th season opened in September.
- The Heritage Library will open in a new location Jan. 15. The new space is at 2 Corpus Christie Place, The Professional Building, Suite 100, near the Sea Pines Circle on Hilton Head. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The offices on William Hilton Parkway will close Dec. 8.
- Resort Rentals of Hilton Head Island, 32 Palmetto Bay Road, Suite 1B, Hilton Head. This island mainstay since 1958 recently partnered with Vacasa, a globally recognized leader in vacation rentals since 2009. The teaming up blends the local company's vacation rentals and property management client portfolio with the marketing, resources and technology expertise of the global rental management company by owners. The local management team and staff remain in place.
- Junkloggers of the Coastal Empire, Savannah. This specialty hauling franchise has opened for business and will provide its services in Beaufort County. It specializes in residential and commercial cleanouts, hauling anything from furniture to construction debris in an environmentally friendly and caring environment.
When possible, the company donates cleared-out items to local charities and returns a tax-deductible receipt for anything they are able to donate on a customer's behalf. They also recycle when appropriate. "We donate first, recycle next and avoid landfills as much as possible," said owner and president Trevor Hess.
Grand openings, ribbon cuttings, closings:
- Skull Creek Dockside, 2 Hudson Road, Hilton Head, Nov. 2. This waterfront restaurant opened after a complete renovation at the site that formerly housed the Chart House. A family recreational park connects the SERG restaurant group's 11th original eatery with Skull Creek Boathouse, another one of its eateries. Patrons will enjoy its menu of popular American, Italian and Southern staples, which includes seafood, steaks and barbecue, as well as sweeping water views from the inside, covered patio dining and expansive Sharkbar outside.
- PetSmart, Sea Turtle Marketplace (formerly Pineland Station), Hilton Head, Nov. 11. This national franchise held a soft opening Oct. 21. Staff provides grooming, training and veterinary services for dogs and cats. It also plans to add a site in Hardeeville in the future.
- Lancaster Real Estate Sales, 23C Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head, Nov. 14. Managing partner Bill True, principal and broker-in-charge Randy Smith and their entire real estate team has rebranded itself as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hilton Head Realty, part of the real estate brokerage network.
- Beaufort Memorial Hospital HealthLink for Children, Nov. 28. The new pediatric rehabilitation center opened at 31 Innovation Dr., off Buckwalter Parkway, assisted by staff of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. Services for patients from birth through 21 years include therapy for conditions that range from impaired mobility, balance and coordination, to thinking and sensory processing, communication, wallowing disorders and autism. Free screenings are available by appointment.
- Canterfield of Bluffton, 567 N. Okatie Highway, Ridgeland, Nov. 30. Atlanta-based Medical Development Corp. and its affiliates have opened their 14th property that focuses on long-term care and luxury senior retirement housing.
Several hundred Derby-attired guests enjoyed the horse-country theme at the grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting, which was planned by the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
- Joe Loves Lobster Rolls, 2915 Okatie Highway, Ridgeland. This venerable storefront and food truck restaurateur reduced its hours in October because of staffing issues and announced on its website that this location has closed. It plans to relocate in the future.
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