Arkansas-Based Restaurant Chain to Add 9 Locations in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Florence | Retail

A new fast-casual restaurant chain is coming to South Carolina after franchisees signed an agreement to open at least nine locations in the eastern part of Palmetto State in Charleston, Florence and Myrtle Beach.

Up to five people based in Fayetteville, Ark. Thin Chickens diners are scheduled for the Charleston area, according to the franchisee Larry Chandler Columbia.

Him and his nephew, Jody chandler of Florence, hopes to add the first Lowcountry restaurant in the growing Summerville / Moncks Corner neighborhood in West Charleston by next summer, but that’s not certain.

“It depends on which deal gets done first,” said Larry Chandler. “Nowadays, anything can happen to hold something back. “

Slim Chickens is a fast, casual restaurant offering food and drive-thru service. Its menu includes chicken fillets, wings, wraps, salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles and sides as well as 17 house sauces of different flavors.

The owners of Chandler Restaurant Group, the trading name for their Slim Chickens franchise, believes the Myrtle Beach market could accommodate two or three restaurants while Florence could see one or two Slim Chickens diners.

The Chandlers are now looking for locations but haven’t announced any specific locations.

Larry Chandler said the company is more likely to build Slim Chickens locations, but would not rule out renovating existing sites if the right opportunity arises.

“Larry and Jody’s deep operational experience within the restaurant industry will enable their new locations to become absolute successes,” said Jackie lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “They are ideal franchise partners to help us grow throughout South Carolina.”

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Founders Greg Smart and Tom gordon opened the first establishment in the chain’s headquarters in Arkansas in 2003. There are now over 150 restaurants in the US and UK.

None are currently in South Carolina. The closest is near Augusta, Georgia. Another is planned in Charlotte.

Other Slim Chickens franchisees are planning additional locations in other areas of South Carolina, said Larry Chandler.

The Chandlers also own and operate 32 Fire station submarines restaurants in South Carolina and North Carolina and plan to open seven more in 2022 thanks to their Firehouse Subs TLC Enterprises Business.

The new Firehouse Subs locations will be in Orangeburg, Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Cayce, northwest of Columbia, South Carolina, and Hickory and Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Line Street Property

City Lights Coffee will move into the building at 12 Line Street in the East Charleston neighborhood by spring, according to current plans, after the city’s zoning appeal board approved a waiver without the parking lot. required. Steve Bailey / Staff

Gaps granted

from Charleston Zoning appeal board gave the green light on Dec. 21 to two new small businesses in the Eastside – a cafe on Line Street and a wine bar on Jackson Street.

City Lights Cafe, a café formerly on Market Street, could be open as early as April according to current plans. Located at 12 Line Street in a long-vacant convenience store, the cafe will include outdoor seating in a small courtyard. It will also have a beer and wine license like City Lights did on Market Street.

The board of directors unanimously approved an exemption to allow the coffee shop without the required parking. There was no opposition. The groomer who previously had to share the first floor is moving elsewhere.

The city, in collaboration with the Eastern Garden Club, also plans to plant trees on Line Street during the winter.

Council also approved a parking exemption to allow a wine bar at 194 Jackson St., across from Tobin’s market. Rollin Bar will accommodate 22, including six in the piazza on the first floor. It should be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The Rev. Miriam Frances, pastor of Grand Mount Pisgah Baptist Missionary Church, and two church members objected to the gap over parking issues and the prospect of having a wine bar across from the place of worship, but the board approved the gap by 4-1 .

Council staff supported the waiver and said they were working with the city’s transportation department to make changes that will discourage cars from illegally blocking the church parking door.

Red granny

Dana Williams Washington recently opened Granny Red’s, a new country and soul food restaurant she co-owns and operates at 1088 Old Gilliard Road off Interstate 26 in Pringletown, Berkeley County. Warren L. Wise / Staff

Currently in service

A year after announcing plans to open a new restaurant at an intersection of Interstate 26 in western Berkeley County that is starting to see new development, Dana williams washington now welcomes customers.

Red granny offers local cuisine in a new dining room next to a Shell gas station and convenience store at 1088 Old Gilliard Road in Pringletown.

On the menu, fried and barbecue chicken, turkey wings, ribs, pork chops and sides such as macaroni and cheese, candied yams, lima beans, cabbage, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cabbage, fries and But. Breakfast items are also available.

Washington’s business partners are her husband, James washington, and Jerell davis.

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The restaurant is named after her husband’s late mother, affectionately known as Granny, and her late father, said Red.

It is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Breakfast is served until midday, but some options will also be offered on the dinner menu.

Also recently opened is The Bloom room restaurant at 6877, chemin Dorchester, office 9, at North Village Shopping Center in North Charleston.

Among his items are chicken, fish, shrimp and fries. Soul food offerings change daily, according to a document. It is open for breakfast and lunch from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The restaurant also recently applied for a license to sell beer, wine and spirits.

Romney Crusted Wood Fired Pizza

Crust Wood Fired Pizza and Bailey’s Oyster Bar will open from mid-January to the end of January at 45 Romney St. on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. Warren L. Wise / Staff

What to cook?

A new pizzeria with an oyster bar will soon debut on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula.

Wood-fired pizza in a crust, including Bailey’s Oyster Bar, is expected to open by mid-January through late January at 45 Romney St., according to chief operating officer Seth goodman.

Workers are busy finishing the interior, and Goodman said the new site is awaiting a few more pieces of equipment.

Crust has two other locations in the Charleston area on James Island and in Summerville.

The new restaurant is located in a renovated one-story building next to Charleston Technical Center. A new Kickin ‘Chicken restaurant is also planning to open at the other end of the same building. No opening date has been announced.

7 eleven

A new 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station are under construction on US Highway 17 at Tupelo Forest Drive in north Mount Pleasant. Warren L. Wise / Staff

Fill up

A new 7 eleven a convenience store and gas station are being built in North Mount Pleasant.

The 3,936-square-foot store is under construction at 3930 Highway 17. It is a 15-year lease that begins March 1, 2022, according to a listing from the commercial real estate company. Oswald, Cooke & Associates.

A subsidiary of Encore Real Estate Development of Tampa, Fla., purchased the 2.5-acre site in November 2020 for $ 1.45 million from Charleston LLC TDS, according to Charleston County Land Records.

Performance with Fitness Results

Performance With Results Fitness is now open in the Belle Hall Mall near Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. REP / Provided


A new training site in Mount Pleasant will host its grand opening after Christmas.

Performance with Fitness Results will hold the event at 10 a.m. on December 27 with gifts and deals from local brands at Belle-Hall shopping center at 620, chemin Long Point, unit M.

The gym offers “an immersive fitness experience that delivers lasting strength and conditioning training,” according to a statement. PWR focuses on “targeted training that delivers longevity, results and performance”.

PWR was founded by New York fitness entrepreneurs Ian berger, Hank shepherd and Joël Fébus. It offers trainers with more than 20 years of experience and will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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