Beaufort News

Construction on new Dollar General could be finished next month

Construction on a new Dollar General store in Port Royal could be finished as early as next month, a town official said.

Dollar General spokeswoman Rebecca Sanders confirmed a store is planned for 548 Parris Island Gateway near Grober Hill Road, but said the company has not yet set an opening date.

Sanders also didn't know how many employees the store would hire, although Dollar Generals typically employ six to 10 people, she said.

Port Royal issued a building permit in October and was told construction likely would be finished by mid-December, planning administrator Linda Bridges said.

The site is not within any of Port Royal's overlay districts, so plans were approved by staff and did not have to go through the architectural review process, Bridges said.

Robert Wilkins, owner and president of JR Lex, has built about 100 Dollar Generals in South Carolina. He said his company is using only Beaufort-based contractors for the store's construction.

"We try to hire local people in every community we go to," he said.


Other recent business openings, closings and changes in the area:

  • Caffino in Beaufort will close Nov. 24, according to a news release by owner Jeanne Bellew.
  • The release said the drive-through coffee shop on Boundary Street was not able to maintain business "in the wake of a difficult economy and emergence of a brand-name competition."

    A Dunkin' Donuts opened on Boundary Street in February.

    Caffino and its owners want "to thank their loyal customers for the opportunity to serve them," the release said.

  • Plums Inc. announced its Bistro Patois restaurant in the Habersham Marketplace has closed.
  • Owner Lantz Price said in a news release his team will remain focused on his other establishments, Plums Restaurant and Saltus River Grill, both on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort.

    "The Plums Inc. team made a valiant effort to make a great restaurant also a great business," Price said. "Habersham is an amazing place. Its marketplace is energetic and in this economy, we needed to do what was best for the company overall."

    Plums Inc. will honor Bistro Patois gift certificates at its other restaurants, the release said.