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Ashley Landing is making a BIG comeback thanks to their new owners. First a brewery and now a toastery… see what Faison Enterprises has in store for Charleston’s first shopping center West of the Ashley.
Built in 1970, Ashley Landing (aka Ashley Plaza) was the first indoor shopping mall built West of the Ashley in Charleston. Conveniently located at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, between the fork of Old Towne Road and just shy of the I-26 Cosgrove exit, the plaza is perfect for both locals and newly arriving visitors.
The shopping center previously housed two department stores: JM Fields and Condon’s. However, after years of stagnation under prior ownership, Ashley Landing is finally making a comeback —and it’s a big one.
Faison Enterprises Inc., a privately-held real estate company, recently acquired the 350,000sf retail center and has big plans up their sleeves. Notable existing tenants include Publix, Starbucks, Pivotal Fitness, Burlington Coat Factory and Red Orchids China Bistro. With the recent additions of Charleston Amish Furniture and Frothy Beard Brewing Company (the neighborhood favorite) drawing in more and more business to the center, it’s no wonder that new stores are now being signed up left and right.
Ashley Landing will soon be home to The Bicycle Shoppe, Famous Toastery, WingStop, Navy Federal Credit Union and Charleston Stage. The new West Ashley Theatre Center will feature a dance studio, classrooms, and a 150+ seat performance venue.
“We have been bursting at the seams with our current Theatre Education Facility in Mt. Pleasant,” explains Charleston Stage Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, Marybeth Clark. “This new space is double the size of our old space which will allow us to greatly expand our education programs and to reach even more students each year. Best of all, the new facility at Ashley Landing is centrally located, no more than 15 minutes from Mt.Pleasant, Downtown, James Island, and the North Area. Being less than a mile off of I-26 and I-526, it will be convenient for young people and their families throughout the community.”
Additional categories that Faison would like to see come into the plaza include salon/spa, food and beverage, creative offices, and home furnishings/improvement.
Next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop by Ashley Landing. Where else can you do a little shopping, drink some locally brewed beers, grab a Starbucks latte, and some of the best Chinese in all of Charleston?