Retailers, restaurants and service businesses are changing the commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here’s the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, closings and grand openings.
- Progress on Alvin Ord’s of Bluffton is “coming along nicely,” according to owner Eric Lunde. The interior renovations include new kitchen equipment, countertops, flooring and furniture.
Staff is receiving on-site training at the original shop in Beaufort so that “our proven menu of sandwiches, salads and specials will be the mirror image of the wonderful offerings that Tom Lewis, the owner of the original Alvin Ord’s, has perfected over the last three decades of operation,” Lunde said.
The new location, which is expected to open in late June, will include covered and screened porches, a section of which is pet-friendly.
- Engel & Völkers. This global luxury real estate firm recently opened its first South Carolina location at 800 Main St. on Hilton Head Island. A grand opening reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 2.
Managing broker Rick Turner, who has been involved in island real estate for 40 years, and his staff of agents will be serving the Hilton Head and Bluffton markets.
Engel & Völkers was founded in 1977 by Christian Völkers in Hamburg, Germany, focusing on an exclusive clientele with premium services and product offerings. In 2015, the company opened its 700th shop in its worldwide network, which covers 37 countries and five continents.
- Maluka. This New Jersey-based designer boutique moved into the former Dorcas Alterations & Designs space at 5 Promenade St. in Bluffton earlier this month.
- Off Island Thrift. After eight years in business at Plantation Park in Bluffton, owner Karen Matthews closed the store in March because, she said, “the rent was too high.” She operates two other Off Island Thrift stores on Bluffton Parkway near the Crazy Beach Boutique, all of which support local cancer patients.
- The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located on May River Road, will be moving into the vacated 20,000-square-foot facility at 18 Plantation Dr. later this summer.
“We need more space,” said Pat Wirth, president and chief executive officer of the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity organization.
The new facility will double the size of the ReStore’s existing location. “It’s amazing how generous our local people and businesses are,” Wirth said. “We’re very fortunate.”
- Cross Rhodes Training Academy. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 4 for this new martial arts and combat training facility in Sheridan Park.
Owner Matt Rhodes has more than 25 years combined military and law enforcement experience and is a certified police academy instructor, defensive tactics instructor and firearms instructor.
The training center features lessons in Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga, which develop confidence and skills in self-defense as well as physical and mental well being. Training is available for all ages.
- Benton House. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. June 24 to celebrate a new addition at this senior living and memory care facility, 8 Hampton Lake Dr., Bluffton.
- Cook Out. This North Carolina-based barbecue, burger and milk shake restaurant chain will open a new location later this summer on Hilton Head Island.
Founded in 1989, Cook Out will offer its “outdoors style” cookery at the former KFC building at 101 Central Ave. after a renovation.
The eatery operates in more than 100 cities in the southeast.
- Fish Camp on Broad Creek. Coastal Restaurants and Bars, owners and operators of seven Hilton Head Island dining establishments that traces its local roots to 1973, will open this family-friendly waterfront restaurant and bar in late summer.
- CycleBar. This premium indoor cycling experience will open for business later this summer at 11 Palmetto Bay Rd. on the island. The national chain offers full-body and rigorous cardio workouts.
- Caretta Coffee Company. Gregory and Connie Inggs opened this boutique coffee shop, which also serves wine and cheese platters, in May at Coligny Plaza on the south end of the island.
- Traveling Chic Boutique. This women’s shop also opened in May in Coligny Plaza.
Owner Brody Kenneweg said the boutique sells apparel, jewelry, handbags and vintage boots.
Do you have Bluffton or Hilton Head business news (new construction, relocations, expansions, openings, ownership changes, etc.) to share? Send information to email@example.com. Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.