Bluffton News - February 2015


0215-newsbluffton-walmartWalmart Supermarket Coming to Bluffton

Walmart Neighborhood Market will anchor a new Bluffton shopping center being constructed at S.C. 170 and Bluffton Parkway. The 41,000-square-foot store is about one-quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter and will generate about 95 part-time and full-time positions. It will offer a variety of food products, including fresh produce and a bakery, as well as pet supplies, beauty products, hardware and a pharmacy.

The store will be the size of a typical grocery store. It will anchor the 13-acre Buckwalter Crossroads shopping center, which is also leasing spaces for shops, banks, fast-food restaurants and a gas station. Construction is expected to start in July and finish by the end of the year.

 Area’s Largest Self-storage Unit Coming to Bluffton

The Bradshaw Group recently announced plans to build a 76,000-square-foot self-storage facility at 12 Oliver Court off of Bluffton Parkway. It will be the largest self-storage unit in Beaufort County. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The facility will offer both standard and climate-controlled storage and parking for cars, trucks, boats and RVs. Electric and water hookups will be available. The Bradshaw Group owns Dillon Road Self-Storage and Beach City Self-Storage on Hilton Head Island. It also owns many commercial buildings on Hilton Head, including the Goodwill building, Park Plaza Car Wash and Port Royal Plaza. The Dillon Road Self-Storage space recently expanded, adding over 6,550 square feet of space. The increase gives the business over 47,630 square feet of space.

0215-newsbluffton-ivanlendlIvan Lendl Junior Tennis Academy Ceases Operations

After years of serving elite junior tennis players, the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy has discontinued its tennis programs. The academy opened in 2011 at Port Royal Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island. In 2014, the academy moved to Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton. Since opening, the academy was affiliated with Lendl, one of the most decorated tennis players ever. In his playing career, he captured eight Grand Slam singles titles. Lendl visited the academy on several occasions to work with students and instructors. The academy was owned and operated by Junior Sports Corporation, which also owns the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island. The IJGA was formerly known as the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy.

Bluffton Developments Expanding

To keep up with the rapid growth of Bluffton home construction, many developments are expanding. Hampton Lake is set to begin an 81-acre expansion, adding 700 new home sites to its 900-acre development located off Buckwalter Parkway. Palmetto Bluff plans to add more than 250 lots and Cypress Ridge is adding 192 more homes.

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