Plans for Ace Hardware store in Bluffton nearing approval

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comMay 20, 2014 

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An artist's rendering of the Ace Hardware store that will built at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton.

SUBMITTED BY BUCKWALTER PLACE

Construction of a hardware store in the southwest corner of Bluffton's Buckwalter Place could begin within weeks and be completed by early fall, according to the store's co-owner.

The development plan for an Ace Hardware store presented to town officials Tuesday will require only a few minor adjustments to receive final approval, and construction should start in time to meet an anticipated Oct. 15 completion date, co-owner Robert Heuser said.

The town's Development Review Committee wants to change the alignment of the parking lot in front of the proposed 12,000-square-foot store.

Heuser said he received word before the meeting that the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control had granted a permit the project needed before it could move forward.

Heuser and his wife, Renee, announced in January they would open an Ace Hardware franchise near the Station 300 bowling alley in Buckwalter Place. Construction was expected to start in April and be finished by Labor Day, but the permitting process from DHEC and the town caused delays.

After the adjustments are made to the site plan, the town will issue a construction permit, town assistant director of growth management Shawn Leininger said.

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