By Lauren Ratcliffe
Published Jan. 3, 2013
The Isle of Palms will get a new grocery store in 2014 to replace the Red & White, which officially closes at the end of the month.
Pastime Amusement Co., which owns the shopping center, chose Newton Farms because it wanted a specialty store for the location. The Beach Co. is developing the property and has worked with Piggly Wiggly previously.
Just down the Isle of Palms Connector is a Piggly Wiggly location in Seaside Farms. The stores are expected to complement each other because of Newton Farms’ specialty offerings, said an executive with Pastime Amusement and The Beach Co.
“Because of Seaside Farms, we didn’t want to have a normal grocery store 3 miles away,” said Leonard Way, vice president of Pastime Amusement Co. and The Beach Co. “We were familiar with Newton Farms over at Freshfields, and we are already Piggly Wiggly’s landlord at two or three other locations. We approached them with the idea.”
The first Newton Farms location is near Kiawah and Seabrook islands in the Freshfields Village shopping center.
“The Newton Farms team understands the unique dynamics of catering to both the local resident and the vacationer,” Way said. “Island Center has served Isle of Palms residents for more than 50 years, and we are excited to renovate and redevelop the center with a local grocery partner.”
The Red & White had been the grocery store for the island since 1958. Four area residents have owned and operated the location since its opening, with the most recent owner, Wayne Moseley, owning the store for 28 years.
The lease for the Red & White expires at the end of January and demolition of the building is slated for March or April, Way said.
Newton Farms will feature specialty items from around the world and local produce. It will also have a bakery, meat and seafood counter and eat-in deli.
A new retail building is being built for tenants that need to be relocated. Construction started in November and is expected to be completed by the end of March. Other buildings in the complex will receive a facade renovation.
Way said the center has vacancies, but no tenants have been officially announced.
“I will have three vacant bays, and we have prospects for two but nobody has crossed the finish line yet,” Way said. “One bay I’m keeping vacant until the end because of where it is positioned.”
All tenants are expected to remain open during the renovation and construction periods.