Berkeley County Retail Market Experiencing Growth

Retailers ringing up success in Berkeley County

May 12, 2008

By Kathleen Dayton – Charleston Business Journal

Angie and Bill Scull are brewing up their recipe for success in Moncks Corner one cup of coffee at a time.

They and other entrepreneurs and retailers have awakened to the fact that Berkeley County is the place to be, right in the path of growth.

“We’ve been so very well received by Moncks Corner,” said Angie Scull, co-owner of the Wholly Ground coffee shop in the Bi-Lo shopping center off U.S. Highway 52 and the 52 bypass. “We’ve got our regulars that come in every single morning, and we know them all by name. We know what they’re going to drink, we’re happy to see them and every person who walks in and says, ‘I can’t believe we finally got a coffee shop here in Moncks Corner.’

It makes us feel like it’s definitely going to make it. We’re right where we need to be.”

The Sculls opened the shop in January just across from Point North Community Church, which they have attended since it started with 24 people meeting in a member’s living room.

On any given Sunday, the church welcomes 1,000 people to its sanctuary in a former Kmart store.

“It has grown exponentially,” Angie Scull said.

The couple also has noticed Moncks Corner growing from a small town full of older folks to a bustling area attracting young families.

“We’ve actually even thought about a second location a little bit closer to where the Google facility will be,” Bill Scull said. “It’s going good, we’re paying the bills. We’re a couple months ahead of our plan, revenue-wise.”

Retail follows rooftops
The Sculls can expect some company on the retail front as Berkeley County continues to welcome new rooftops, including the nearly 30,000 residences planned within three developments: Cane Bay Plantation and The Parks at Berkeley, both in the unincorporated area of the county, and Carnes, the Daniel Island Co.’s mixed-use development at Carnes Crossroads in Goose Creek.

Charlotte-based developer Lincoln Harris just announced that a 48,756-square-foot Harris Teeter supermarket will anchor The Market at Carnes Crossroads, which will feature 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.


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