Charleston’s Upper King Street Growing


Without hesitation, Basim Hassouneh reels off some of the stores that have come and gone over the past 20 years near his Super Bad clothing shop on Upper King Street.

“That was a paint store. That was a hat shop. That was a T-shirt store. O’Malley’s used to be a five-and-dime. Beside that was a beauty supply shop,” Hassouneh said, all the while pointing to the new bars, restaurants and other businesses that have taken their place.

He’s seen a lot of changes along the corridor of shuttered storefronts sprinkled among small loan companies, fix-it shops and furniture stores. He’s about to see more, and in a major way.

The northern stretch of Upper King from Ann Street to the Crosstown Expressway has emerged as downtown’s new commercial hot spot. No fewer than a dozen projects have been completed within the past year or are moving forward.


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