Retailers, restaurants and service businesses are changing the landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, planned projects, commercial transactions, grand openings and closings.
- Corner Perk, 1297 May River Road, Bluffton. Owners Josh and Kali Cooke held a casual "Spill the Beans" party Aug. 24 and told patrons that they plan on opening two new Perk locations in Beaufort County in the near future.
The Perk owners purchased the Pluff Mudd Coffee Co. on Paris Avenue in Port Royal and plan to keep the name and operation intact while they renovate a second property next door that will open as a new Corner Perk, possibly by the end of the year.
Cooke also purchased property at the Buckwalter Place traffic circle and hopes to have the third Corner Perk operational by next summer.
- Kinghorn Insurance, 4 Thurmond Way, Bluffton. This full-service insurance agency moved into its newly constructed office recently at Bluffton Village. Kinghorn provides home, business, auto, health and life insurance. It had been located on Fording Island Road.
- Buckingham Landing, 35 Fording Island Road extension, Bluffton. Beaufort County has paid $2.2 million for a highly visible waterfront land parcel that formerly housed seafood restaurants, including Sunset Bay, in an octagonally shaped building. The country rents a public launch site and small parking lot next door.
- Sun City Hilton Head, U.S. 278, Hardeeville. The Hardeeville City Council has approved a 212-acre master plan submitted by developer PulteGroup for new residential development of Sun City on the north side of U.S. 278.
Plans call for a maximum of 451 new homes, along with lagoons, amenity, maintenance areas and a sales center.
- Hilton Head Health, 14 Valencia Road, Hilton Head. President Kevin Carter recently announced that the 78 staff members of the health and weight loss resort will receive a portion of net profits earned during the first two quarters of this year.
Amounts per employee will be determined by tenure and position.
- Crescent Pointe and Eagle's Pointe golf courses, U.S. 278, Bluffton. Broker Christovich & Associates in Florida has announced that both golf courses are for sale. The asking price for Crescent, designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer in 1999, is $1.575 million and for Eagle's Point, designed by golfer Davis Love III in 1998, is $1.4 million.
The company brokered the sale and purchase of both courses in 2013 for $1.75 million apiece. Triple Crown Corp. in Pennsylvania and Brown Golf Management with offices in Bluffton are partners of the properties.
- Four Seasons of Bluffton, Okatie. K Hovnanian Homes has presented plans to the Beaufort County Development Review Committee to develop a gated active adult community at U.S. 46 and S.C. 170.
The initial master plan calls for 515 homes to be built, plus an additional 11 acres of commercial property. If eventually approved, 105 residences would be built in Phase One.
Grand openings, ribbon cuttings, closings:
- La Hacienda, 11 Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head, June 29. This location of the casual dining Mexican eatery closed, but its Bluffton restaurant at 25 Bluffton Road remains open.
- Red Fish, 32 Bruin Road, Bluffton. This 5,199-square-foot restaurant is for sale for $1.75 million, according to loopnet.com. The eatery's website still says it plans to reopen in the fall after closing in June during the slow hospitality season in Bluffton and because of the local labor shortage on the island.
Employees were relocated to its sister restaurants Red Fish Hilton Head and the Old Oyster Factory to bolster their staff during the peak tourist season.
- Chick-fil-A, 9 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, July 20. This fast-food giant is closed for renovation and plans to reopen sometime in September.
- Mahogany Reef Juice & Java, 24G Palmetto Bay Road, Hilton Head, July 28. Juices, smoothies, coffee and salads are on the menu at this newly opened franchise eatery that offers high-quality, healthy ingredients.
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Lowcountry resident Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.