Oct
22

Charleston’s Upper King Street Booming

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New restaurants and shops have changed the face of Charleston’s Upper King Street, but the next wave of development rolling up the peninsula will bring something else — lots of people.

Hundreds of apartments and hotel rooms are rising on Upper King and Meeting streets, and hundreds more are planned. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Thomas Read, who sells high-end stereo equipment from the eclectic, 100-year-old Read Brothers store at King and Spring streets. “We’ve got a store, so we need people.”

And they are going to get them, with a 300-room hotel and a 200-apartment building going up on King and Meeting streets at Spring Street. “When that hotel is built, they will be right across the street from us, and that will help everyone on the block,” Read said.

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