A sporting goods chain is rolling onto James Island next month, just in time to outfit all the people who kicked off the year with new fitness routines.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Hibbett Sporting Goods will open in early February at 1291 Folly Road in Island Plaza, a Food Lion-anchored shopping center. It's the chain's first location in the Charleston market.

"People in Charleston take their sports seriously, and we plan to give them the sporting goods products and know-how they've been looking for," said CEO Jeff Rosenthal.

The retailer has been in expansion mode as of late, according to a company statement. Established in 1945, Hibbett has grown to more than 900 stores nationwide, mostly in small and midsized markets. Its nearest locations are in Walterboro and Georgetown.

Out of the Woodworks

Local furniture artisans will be showcased throughout the month at Dwelling, an interior design and furniture shop at 165 King St. in Charleston.

During the "Local Maker's Series," the furniture boutique will display collections handmade by designers with Joseph Thompson Woodworks.

Dwelling will host an opening reception Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Drinks will be served by the local craft distillery, High Wire Distilling.

Fro-yo swap

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt at 644 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant's Belle Hall Shopping Center has closed. But a rival chain, TCBY, has signed a lease to backfill the space, according to Vivian Jarvi, assistant property manager of the shopping center. The opening date for TCBY wasn't available last week, Jarvi said.

Menchie's also had a location at Merchant's Village at Folly and Harborview roads on James Island, but that's also closed, according to the company's website.

Stacked up

IHOP will serve customers as many pancakes as they can eat this month until Feb. 9. Each time customers polish off a stack, servers will deliver two more pancakes at no additional charge.

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