Retailers, restaurants and other businesses are swiftly changing the commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here’s the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, closings and grand openings.
- Thee Oyster Bar. This building in the Old Town Promenade in Bluffton first opened as Moon Mi Pizza in 2013, then morphed into Mulberry Street Pizzeria, which closed late last year. This seafood-craft beers restaurant will open soon under the guidance of James Soules. He also manages the Agave Side Bar next door.
- Sippin’ Cow. Ground has been broken for this popular breakfast and lunchtime eatery on the north end of the Promenade. Owner Christy Pinski’s cozy café last served orders briefly at Pepper’s Old Town last fall, having moved from the small plaza anchored by Scotts Market on May River Road.
- Salty Dog Café. Tanger Outlet Center 2 on Fording Island Road will have this new tenant opening its doors soon at the former Nosh restaurant. Pizza and Italian food on the menu will draw hungry diners, many of whom, will no doubt be wearing their Salty Dog T-shirts, made nationally famous at its original Sea Pines South Beach location.
- Calhoun’s. Owner Jon Rinaldi of the former Vineyard 55 on Calhoun Street, which closed last September, and his team will be relocating with a new name and menu to the Promenade this spring, where the Infield Bar & Grill used to hold court.
Small plates, an expansive cocktail menu and a distinctive Southern sway will be the lure.
- The Pearl Kitchen and Bar is expected to open later this year where Vineyard 55 was previously located, under the leadership of Ela’s Blu Water Grille management on the island.
- The Depot Restaurant & Raw Bar. The companion fine-dining establishment next to the Old Town Dispensary is nearing completion and will open soon at Carson Cottages. Century-old heart pine wood and other reclaimed materials will transport diners to a back-in-time environment.
- Beachside Tire & Auto Repair. This Hilton Head tire and repair service opened their second shop on Burnt Church Road in Bluffton on March 7. Look for specials and discounts on oil changes and other services.
- Farm. This new restaurant under construction on May River Road in the Promenade is under construction and will be serving farm-to-table fresh local and seasonal dishes soon.
- Reminisce. This nearly 30-year family business tradition on the island closed the doors on its Legends Sports Gallery memorabilia store last year and is moving into the Promenade. It’s also bringing along the specialty and gourmet foods and gifts they owned as Cinnamon Bear at Harbour Town for many years.
- Promenade Bike Barn and Adventure Store. This dual-retail-focus store is coming soon to Bluffton. Kayaks, paddleboards, bike sales and repairs, and boat tours on the May River are on the agenda of owner Jim Buser.
- Guilford Place. This new development off Stock Farm Road broke ground on March 18. The planned 12-lot property will be mixed-use with custom-built cottages sharing space with small commercial business enterprises.
Mayberry Holdings, which developed properties in the Promenade and Palmetto Bluff, heads the project.
- El Mariachi. The popular authentic Mexican food restaurant at Kittie’s Crossing on Fording Island Road in Bluffton celebrated its grand re-opening Feb. 23. Owner Carlos Otero tripled the size of the original space by expanding and remodeling the dining room and installing a new bar.
- Costco. The massive Okatie Crossing development near Sun City at Route 170 and Fording Island Road is coming sooner or later, with this giant big-box warehouse retailer as the main anchor.
- Walmart. Commuters have seen another massive land clearing and construction equipment on the corner of Bluffton and Fording Island roads that will be the future home of Bluffton Gateway, a tag-team of Walmart Supercenter and Sam’s Club on a 66-acre parcel of land. Keep an eye on the progress from now until early next year when it’s expected to open.
The mega-giant also has plans to open a Neighborhood Market, a downsized version of its superstore, along Route 170 at Bluffton Parkway near Sun City.
- Kroger. Okay Bluffton, here comes another one. After its two-year success story at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, the Cincinnati-based grocery store chain is expanding to Buckwalter Place with another Marketplace complex. Plans for the mixed-use outdoor development script specialty stores and residential apartments and townhouses on a 34-acre swath of land on the existing site’s north end.
- Latitude Wine Bar on Promenade Street recently closed.
- Massage Envy. The ribbon-cutting for this comfortable massage therapies and facials establishment was held March 7 at 890 William Hilton Pkwy., Suite 58, Hilton Head Island. Owners Crystal Hodge and Scott Matre opened their first location in 2010 in Bluffton.
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