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Commercial Recruitment

Dorchester County, situated in the Charleston Region, is the fastest growing county in South Carolina, boasting a strong local and regional consumer base. The County offers a number of prime development opportunities as well as incentives to attract commercial investment. Below are several key highlights that make Dorchester County the right place for retail.

  • Distinctive community in the Charleston Region
  • Current population of 141,000 that has increased by 50% since 2000
  • High median household income of $55,000
  • Proximity to Interstates 26 and 95 attract regional consumer
  • $1.2 Billion annual retail market
  • $424 Million in untapped annual retail sales potential
  • Low business costs and incentive opportunities
  • History, arts, culture, and recreation afford high quality of life
  • Strong employment base
  • Robust tourism industry
  • Development and redevelopment opportunities
  • Over 1 million vehicles traverse Dorchester County daily
  • Award-winning public school system and private school options

Retail Market Opportunities

Key Retail Markets

Untapped Sales Potential

Food Service and Drinking Places

$76,312,656

   Food and Beverage Stores

   $42,203,384

Clothing/Accessory Stores TOTAL

$33,104,806

   Department Stores

   $30,057,583

Health and Personal Care Stores

$21,259,790

Furniture and Home Furnishings

$20,591,425

Gas Stations/Convenience Stores

$8,090,723

SOURCE: ESRI Business Analyst, 2013

Population

2000

2012

2016 Projection

96,413

140,892

157,487

SOURCE: US Census Bureau; JobsEQ, 2013; ESRI Business Analyst, 2013