Home furnishings retailer West Elm will open its first South Carolina retail store in the Upper King District of Charleston (484 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403) on Thursday, August 13 at 10am.
The nearly 10,000 square foot store will open with West Elm’s Fall 2015 product assortment, a suite of complimentary design services and feature crafted goods by nine local artists and makers as part of West Elm’s LOCAL initiative. The Charleston LOCAL assortment will include custom designs and a collection of prints and wall hangings designed by artists 42 Pressed, Kristen Solecki, Overton Iron Works, PerlaAnne, and SunWoven; an assortment of stationery designed by Dodeline Design, Sideshow Press and artist Teil Duncan; and handcrafted wood cutting boards and rolling pins designed by Slab.
“As we continue to expand, we look to make a positive impact on the community we are entering – from supporting local artisans to expanding the job market,” said West Elm president Jim Brett. “We are proud to open our first store in South Carolina and introduce Charleston to new LOCAL designers and artists from across the state.”
To celebrate the opening, West Elm partnered with Charleston-based artist Sarah Reed of Dodeline Design to design an exclusive tote bag, which will be given away to the first 300 shoppers with a $50 minimum purchase. Additional store opening activities include a sweepstakes* that offers local customers a chance to win a $2,000 gift, and a special invitation to the pre- opening celebration on August 12 from 6pm–8pm. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Historic Charleston Foundation.
The grand opening will take place on Thursday, August 13 at 10am. The store hours are Mon-Wed 10am – 6pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-7pm and Sun 12pm-6pm. The new store is expected to bring an estimated 25-30 jobs to the growing Charleston community.