Dollar store, medical center to open on Lady's Island

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Dollar store, medical center to open on Lady's Island

By JULIANN VACHON jvachon@beaufortgazette.com 843-706-8184
Published Sunday, May 23, 2010   |  351 Words  |  news

Lady's Island soon will get a new Dollar General store and a seven-day-a-week urgent care medical facility at the site of the old Grayco hardware store and a neighboring building.
Richard Gray Jr. of Grayco said the company has a lease signed and expects Dollar General to open in the old Grayco building at 180 Sea Island Parkway by the end of the year.
Renovations for that building likely will take another three to four months, he added.
The new medical facility, Lowcountry Urgent Care, is expected to open in late July or early August, said business partners Andy Luckey and Dr. Vincent Rhodes.
The facility at 182 Sea Island Parkway will offer residents and tourists a place to go when they're sick and need to "get in and get out."
The office still is working out contracts but plans to accept eight to nine major insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, he added.
Patients can visit the facility for standard, urgent-care services and X-rays, Rhodes said.
"We thought there was definitely a need for these types of services," Rhodes said. "This office will offer services not currently provided in the area."
The facility will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 843-322-1933.
The Dollar General will fill a 10,000-square-foot building that has been vacant for about five years, Gray said.
"It's hard to rent out that large of a building," Gray said. "We held out hoping a retail store would come in."
Another discount store, Family Dollar, is expected to open on St. Helena Island this year.
Store owner Robert Sample, a St. Helena native, first began seeking approvals for the 5,000-square-foot Family Dollar on Sea Island Parkway in The Corners community in 2008.
Sample said he expects to break ground on the project soon and doesn't anticipate any issues with having two discount stores down the road from each other.
"I think the two can co-exist," Sample said.