Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)


Planning, Development and Preservation


Dr. Barry C. Nocks

Committee Member

Dr. Terrence J. Farris


There are currently no discount general merchandise retailers located in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Residents who wish to purchase many of the items essential to everyday life are left with two options; either buy these goods at corner stores offering a limited selection at highly inflated prices, or leave downtown in order to buy these goods at suburban shopping centers. This problem was identified in the 2000 Downtown Charleston Master Plan. Among the recommended policies and practices concluding the plan are to "identify, secure, and market an appropriate site or sites for the location of regionally competitive 'main line' retail shopping facilities to serve peninsula residents (both north and south of the crosstown) with medium-priced general merchandise (GAF) and convenience goods." Twelve years later little progress has been made regarding this recommendation. The purpose of this project is to act on the master plan's recommendations.