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Volvo Car Open tennis tournament will press on during major stadium renovation | Volvo Car Open

Canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic last April, the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament plans to return to action in 2021, tournament director Bob Moran says.

But it will do so without use of Volvo Car Stadium, which will undergo an extensive renovation as soon as City of Charleston permitting allows. For the 2021 tournament, the Volvo Car Open will construct a temporary stadium on the Althea Gibson Club Court, which will provide seating for up to 3,000 spectators for the WTA tournament on Daniel Island.

Work on the renovated Volvo Car Stadium should be completed by the fall of 2021, making it available when the Volvo Car Open celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022, dating back to its days as the Family Circle Cup on Hilton Head Island.

“We are beyond excited with what this state of the art, world-class facility will become as a result of this renovation,” said Moran. “We can’t imagine a better way of celebrating our 50th year of tennis in 2022 and look forward to showing off the new facilities to our players, fans, partners and volunteers.”

The renovation of the 20-year-old Volvo Car Stadium will be funded by Ben and Kelly Navarro as a gift to the City of Charleston. Navarro, a Charleston businessman, and his wife are owners of Charleston Tennis LLC, which is the parent company of the Volvo Car Open, the stadium and the LTP Daniel Island facility. Ben Navarro bought the Volvo Car Open in 2018.

Upgrades to the stadium will include a multi-story “stage house” that will have player-wellness facilities such as premium locker rooms and physical therapy and exercise space. The building also will house media, production and food preparation areas, as well as a new VIP club level overlooking center court. The building also will be

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Long-awaited Highway 141 flyover bridge, other I-35/80 improvements, open Friday

Nearly two years after construction began, the new flyover bridge connecting I-35/80 with Highway 141 in Urbandale will open Friday, as well as other nearby traffic improvements. 

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Popular West Palm eatery Kitchen set to open second location at Alton Town Center



a man and a woman standing in a room: Aliza Byrne and Chef Matthew Byrne own and operate Kitchen restaurant in West Palm Beach. [Photo by LILA PHOTO]


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Aliza Byrne and Chef Matthew Byrne own and operate Kitchen restaurant in West Palm Beach. [Photo by LILA PHOTO]

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Seven years after opening their popular American brasserie Kitchen in West Palm Beach, Chef Matthew Byrne and his wife, Aliza, are preparing to debut the sequel. 

The West Palm Beach residents will unveil their second Kitchen restaurant early next month at Alton Town Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

The eatery, which will seat 150 with ample outdoor space and a private room, joins a growing list of new restaurants at the 360,203-square-foot retail complex on Donald Ross Road.

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The location was a perfect one for the Byrnes, who were eager to expand into an area where many of their regular customers live, including nearby Jupiter.

“It’s such an amazing community there,” said Aliza Byrne, who has grown familiar with the area since her teenage sons began attending The Benjamin School. “A lot of our clients live nearby. There was such a huge demand from people who said they wished we were closer. We feel really good about it.”

Byrne said she expects to draw more year-round diners to the new Alton Town Center location, whereas the original Kitchen, at 319 Belvedere Rd., is more seasonal.

That restaurant, which has drawn a steady stream of locals and visiting VIPs since it first opened in October 2013, seated just 36 people initially and served only beer, wine and champagne for the first three years.

The Alton Town Center restaurant will have a ‘proper’ bar, Byrne said, which will allow for a bar menu and happy hour.

“We were never able to have

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Vancouver Mall to remodel, new venues to open

Vancouver Mall announced an interior remodeling project Tuesday, as well as opening time frames for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant and a Round1 Bowling and Amusement venue.

Round1 is expected to open before the end of the year, according to the mall. The entertainment venue will occupy 48,300 square feet on the upper floor of the anchor tenant space that was formerly home to Sears. A Hobby Lobby craft supply store opened last month on the lower level.

Round One Entertainment is a California-based subsidiary of Japanese company Round One Corporation, which operates a chain of Round1 family entertainment centers that feature activities such as bowling, arcade games, karaoke and indoor playground areas, along with bar and dining services.

The brand opened its first U.S. location in 2010 and has expanded rapidly in the past decade. Its website lists more than 40 current U.S. locations across 24 states, with Vancouver Mall and several more listed as “coming soon” or “future location.”

A COVID-19 information page on the company’s website indicates that at least some Round1 locations were closed earlier in the pandemic, but have begun to reopen. The page lists social distancing measures that the company has enacted, such as closing some games, renting only every other bowling lane, and suspending party reservations indefinitely.

The new Chick-fil-A is currently being built out in the largest of three suites in a new satellite building at the southwest corner of the mall parking lot. The 5,050-square-foot space includes a drive-thru lane and window. It is expected to open in the winter, according to a press release from the mall.

“We are so proud to welcome both Round1 and Chick-fil-A to Vancouver Mall, both coveted brand names that our shoppers will absolutely embrace and enjoy,” mall General Manager Tracy Peters said in a statement.

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Tornado-damaged Home Depot is rebuilt and ready to open a year later

Just shy of a year after a tornado destroyed their Home Depot, employees who escaped being hurt are ready to reopen a rebuilt store that incorporates the home improvement retailer’s latest ideas.



a harbor filled with lots of snow: Home Depot store that was damaged in a tornado on Oct. 20 on Forest Lane in Dallas.


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Home Depot store that was damaged in a tornado on Oct. 20 on Forest Lane in Dallas.

The new Home Depot opens Thursday at its original spot on Forest Lane just east of North Central Expressway. Ten tornadoes on Oct. 20, 2019, caused $2 billion in damage to homes and businesses in Dallas, Richardson and Garland.

Store manager Jonathan Shields said about 50 of his former employees are back, and the store has hired another 150 people and plans to add as many as 50 more.

Three of Shields’ four assistant store managers returned, including Jordan Jasper, who made the fortunate call to send his co-workers home early on Oct. 20 after hearing the weather forecasts and likely saving some lives.

Jasper was honored at a ceremony attended by 500 area Home Depot employees a week after the tornado hit. He was awarded the store’s U.S. flag that survived the damage.

“We’re getting many of our associates back in the building, and we’ve developed a tight bond after going through the experience,” said Shields, a 17-year Home Depot veteran who was manager of the store for a year before it was hit.

After the tornadoes, Home Depot placed its employees in 14 stores that were closer to where they lived, and many of those workers decided to stay at those stores. Part of Shields’ job initially was to reach out to former employees and meet with their new store managers.

Some former employees who aren’t coming back have been promoted, including one assistant store manager who has moved to a

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