Charleston-Area Stores Struggle After Anchor Tenants Close


vacant storeAnchor stores have been around as long as shopping centers.

The big boxes, be they supermarkets or national retailers, serve as the draw while smaller merchants set up shop around them and feed off the foot traffic generated by their big brothers.

But when the anchor pulls out because of a relocation, poor sales or bankruptcy, the shopping center’s nearby merchants are left to fend for themselves. Some make it. Others don’t.

“I’ve found a drop-off of people walking in,” said shopkeeper Janet Muhs, who owns and operates Sew Much Better, a sewing studio in the Shops at Shelmore Village in Mount Pleasant.


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