Gourmet food and wine store coming to Mt. Pleasant

Mayor Swails (left) prepares to sign the paperwork.
Mayor Swails (left) prepares to sign the paperwork.

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - An upscale gourmet store is coming to Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant officials announced Friday.

A release states Mayor Billy Swails and Charlie Way of The Beach Company flew to Chapel Hill, NC Thursday to finalize a recruiting deal that will bring Southern Season to Coleman Boulevard in the summer of 2013.

The upscale gourmet store will bring 88 jobs to Mount Pleasant and as many as 300 jobs during seasonal peaks.

"This is a real coup for Mount Pleasant and for the ongoing revitalization of Coleman Boulevard," said Mayor Swails. "Southern Season – building on its national reputation for serving extraordinary food, wine, gifts and food education – will bring a destination experience for local foodies and infuse Coleman with the sense of place and community that we are promoting. Southern Season will provide needed infill development and will represent an important anchor for a boulevard becoming known for its culinary appeal."

"We were looking to expand and open a second store," said Clay Hamner, Chairman, Southern Season, Inc. "We searched all over the mid-Atlantic and southern region and finally chose Mount Pleasant. The town's desirability, along with the excitement of the Coleman Boulevard revitalization efforts and the opportunity to be part of a business-friendly community, set Mount Pleasant apart."

Southern Season plans to lease the former Food Lion supermarket located across from The Boulevard – a major development also owned by The Beach Company and expected to breathe new life into the revitalization of Coleman Boulevard.

The Boulevard is a mixed-use development that will be completed in the spring of 2013 and will include 325 upscale urban residential apartments, street-level retail and restaurants.

"We welcome Southern Season to Mount Pleasant and to the revitalization of Coleman Boulevard," said John Darby, CEO of The Beach Company. "Southern Season's cooking school and full service restaurant will showcase the rich culinary heritage of the Lowcountry."