Boutique hotel conversion for Charleston shoe store

George Sell By George Sell
04 August 2017 | Updated 04 August 2017

US: The vacant Bob Ellis Shoes store in Charleston, South Carolina, will be converted in to an 18-room boutique hotel.

The project, at King and George streets in the city's historic shopping district, received unanimous approval from Charleston's Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Kalinksy family, which owns the three-storey building at 332 King St, closed the high-end shoe business in December after 66 years of trading. An undisclosed investor plans to buy the property to oversee the hotel over two ground-floor retail shops.

"I am extremely proud of what these guys are trying to do," said Barry Kalinksy, who worked at the store for more than 30 years, told the board.

Architect Steve Ramos, of LS3P Associates Ltd, said the restoration includes 56 windows, many that have been darkened as the upper floors were used for storage. The lobby and reception desk will be in the rear of the ground floor, with two stores facing King Street. Hotel rooms will be on the upper two floors and a penthouse suite on the roof.

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