Business Briefs - September 28, 2017
T-MOBILE CALL CENTER TO RELOCATE TO NORTH CHARLESTON
At the end of June, T-Mobile announced plans to move their SC call center, currently located on Daniel Island, to an expanded space in North Charleston.
“T-Mobile is incredibly excited to open the doors of our new home in North Charleston—our latest and largest customer care center,” said T-Mobile Customer Care Executive Vice President Callie Field in a press release. “We pride ourselves on being the best place to work, and this is going to be an amazing new workplace for our current and new Un-carrier experts dedicated to changing wireless for good.”
T-Mobile is expected to invest more than $16.7 million into the new building, creating 400 new jobs, according to the press release.
“The 400 jobs that this investment will create for South Carolinians clearly show T-Mobile’s commitment to our state and our people,” said Gov. Henry McMaster in the press release. “We are grateful that this great company has decided to expand here and look forward to the future prosperity that we know will come from this great partnership.”
The company’s plan is to move the current 800 employees who work at the Daniel Island location to the new location in North Charleston, which is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2018, the press release continued.
T-Mobile reportedly established its Daniel Island location in 2002. It is not yet known what entities will occupy the building once the company moves out. Hiring for new positions at T-Mobile is expected to begin in November of this year. If interested in applying, visit the company’s career page, https://tmobile.careers/, for more information.
PUBLIX SIGNS LEASE FOR CAINHOY PLANTATION LOCATION
A new Publix grocery store will soon be coming to a planned neighborhood town center that will be located within the Cainhoy Plantation community off of Clements Ferry Road.
“We were very fortunate to have Publix as our first major retail partner on Daniel Island over 15 years ago,” said Matt Sloan, president of the DI Development Company, in a press release dated Sept. 22. “They are the best at what they do, and it was a natural fit to look to them to lead the fast-growing retail sector on the Cainhoy Peninsula and, specifically, Cainhoy Plantation.”
According to the release, the Cainhoy Plantation is being developed by a combination of Guggenheim corporate and family interests. The development is being managed by DI Development Company. The new Point Hope Commons will serve as the retail center for the Cainhoy Plantation community with prime space for retail, restaurant and professional services. The 90,000 square-foot shopping center will have direct frontage along Clements Ferry Road and its daily traffic of 30,000 cars. The center will be designed with a Lowcountry architectural theme and will feature well-appointed areas for gathering and dining.
Stiles, a developer and real estate service provider throughout the Southeast announced in the press release that a lease had been signed with Publix Supermarkets to occupy the “anchor tenant space” at Point Hope Commons.
“We are excited to be part of the development and growth of Cainhoy Plantation and the overall Cainhoy Peninsula,” said Justin Siemens, Stiles vice president and development officer in the Carolinas. “At Stiles, we are always seeking best-in-class commercial real estate projects and partners. Point Hope Commons, the Cainhoy Plantation Master Plan, the DI Development Company and the Guggenheim interests all fit the bill.”
Property leasing representation is being provided by Meyer Kapp & Associates, the release continued.
“With the establishment of Publix as an anchor tenant, the sky is the limit for the type of retail businesses we expect to attract to Point Hope Commons,” Eric Meyer of Meyer Kapp & Associates stated. “This is a unique situation in Charleston for potential retailers as they will have the opportunity to not only serve this new community but also to define the character and charm of Cainhoy.”
Stiles and Publix have collaborated on more than 20 Southeast retail centers in the past decade including Ballantyne Town Center, Mint Hill Commons, Publix at Cotswold and Shops at Southline - all in Charlotte, as well as Shoppes at Mirabella in Jacksonville and The Shoppes at Veranda Falls in Port St. Lucie.
The opening date for the new location is still to be determined, according to Publix Media and Community Relations Manager Kimberly Reynolds.
Current development plans for Cainhoy Plantation call for up to 9,000 single family homes and over 500 acres of commercial development for retail, restaurants, multi-family and office. Spectrum has recently broken ground on a 264-unit apartment development adjacent to Point Hope Commons, and Berkeley County has opened an elementary, middle and high school within Cainhoy. Cainhoy Plantation is located four miles from I-526 (Mark Clark Expressway).
HAVEN HAIR & SKIN SALON GRAND OPENING
Daniel Island’s newest beauty salon, Haven Hair & Skin Salon, will be hosting a grand opening this Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The salon is located at 895 Island Park Dr. Owned by stylist Joanna Rhodes, the shop is a full service salon offering services for ladies, men and children. Call (843) 416-8595 for more information.
LAURA ALBERTS CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY
Locally owned Laura Alberts Tasteful Options on Daniel Island celebrated 15 years in business on Sept. 12.
Mother daughter duo and native Charlestonians Laura Leppert and Karen Elsey purchased the property at 891 Island Park Dr. and built a 5000 square foot building approximately five years after Daniel Island launched development. Embracing their love of wine and their heritage of Lowcountry cooking, they set out to establish a small lunch café with eight tables and a courtyard seating, Sept. 12, 2002. Fifteen years later the seating capacity has more than doubled.
In 2012 the demand for meeting and event space on the island led to the opening of The Island Park Room which occupies the second floor and can seat 70 guests. The venue has gained in popularity for corporate meetings, bridal brunches, milestone birthday gatherings and rehearsal dinners.
Chef Matt Brigham and Sous Chefs Mike Casciello and Jason White still offer up Laura’s original recipes, namely the meatloaf sandwich, BBQ shrimp and grit cake, and the chicken salad croissant, while expanding the menu to include appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. The menu is farm to table and changes twice a year. Shortly after opening, an extensive corporate catering menu was developed along with house-smoked foods including salmon, pulled pork, chicken and beef tenderloin.
After several trips to the California wine country, Karen and Laura became enamored with small production, family-owned wineries and committed to showcasing those wines by the glass and retail sales. Winemaker dinners and pop-up wine tastings as well educational wine events have evolved over the years to add another dimension to business. Laura Alberts serves lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner on Wednesday night and brunch on Saturday.