Food Mecca Gourmet Store Comes to Mount Pleasant

Southern Season to Open Next Summer on Coleman Boulevard

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (December 14, 2012) – Mayor Billy Swails yesterday flew to Chapel Hill, NC to finalize a recruiting deal that will bring Southern Season to Coleman Boulevard in the summer of 2013. The upscale gourmet food store will bring 88 jobs to Mount Pleasant and as many as 300 jobs during seasonal peaks.

Southern Season Expansion to Mount Pleasant, SC
“This is a real coup for Mount Pleasant and for the ongoing revitalization of Coleman Boulevard,” said Mayor Swails. “Southern Season – building on its national reputation for serving extraordinary food, wine, gifts and food education – will bring a destination experience for local foodies and infuse Coleman with the sense of place and community that we are promoting. Southern Season will provide an important anchor for a boulevard becoming known for its culinary appeal.”

“We were looking to expand and open a second store,” said Clay Hamner, managing partner of TC Capital Fund. “We searched all over the mid-Atlantic and southern region and finally chose Mount Pleasant. The town’s desirability, along with the excitement of the Coleman Boulevard revitalization efforts and the opportunity to be part of a business-friendly community, set Mount Pleasant apart.”

Charleston Season plans to lease the former Food Lion supermarket located across from The Boulevard – a major development also owned by The Beach Company and expected to breathe new life into the revitalization of Coleman Boulevard. The Boulevard is a mixed-use development that will be completed in the spring of 2013 and will include 325 upscale urban residential apartments, street-level retail and restaurants.

“We welcome Southern Season to Mount Pleasant and to the revitalization of Coleman Boulevard,” said John Darby, CEO of The Beach Company. “Southern Season’s cooking school and full service restaurant will showcase the rich culinary heritage of the Lowcountry.”

About Southern Season
(Press Release–Southern Season Going to Charleston! – PDF)
Southern Season is a premiere destination for specialty foods and products known for the breadth and quality of its gourmet foods, wines, housewares, and cookware. Southern Season offers over 50,000 items sold in-store and online and a belief in southern hospitality and a passion for the art of entertaining.

Southern Season has been featured in publications by Travel + Leisure, Southern Living, Gourmet Retailer, and on the Food Network. It was honored by the National Association for Specialty Food as its Outstanding Retailer of the Year and by Gourmet News with its Retail Achievement Award for its success in the area of food education. The late New York Times food critic Craig Claiborne once described Southern Season as “wall to wall and floor to ceiling…a visual and gustatory delight!”

Southern Season has been serving extraordinary food, wine, gifts, and food education to guests from the North Carolina community and beyond since 1975. By 1978, it had outgrown its initial 800 square foot location and moved to a larger space nearby. In 2003, Southern Season moved again to its current location – a 60,000 square foot retail store in Chapel Hill’s University Mall, just around the corner from the original storefront. In the 37 years since the inspiration took root, Southern Season has continued to specialize in local and international fine food, wine, specialty gifts & cookware.

For more information about Southern Season, visit them online at For more information about the revitalization of Coleman Boulevard, visit our commercial projects map at

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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