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07/23/2014 12:00 AM

07/22/2014 8:48 PM

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Coast

Palmetto State Armory to open 2 stores in S.C.

A shooting range may not be heading to Mount Pleasant any time soon, but the retailer that pitched the idea earlier this year still has plans to open two large gun stores in the tri-county area.

Palmetto State Armory, a Columbia-based retailer that sells firearms and outdoor gear, has stores under development in Summerville and Mount Pleasant.

The company had proposed shooting ranges in both stores, but the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission denied the company’s zoning request after nearby residents expressed concern about its location.

The East Cooper store is replacing the former Food Lion in the National Crossing Shopping Center, which is also home to kids’ dance and karate studios. Residents who opposed the gun range said it was inappropriate for the family-oriented area and that it would create noise problems for residents of the adjacent Charleston National subdivision.

Now being redeveloped as a purely retail concept, the 21,000-square-foot store will offer firearms, outdoor equipment and the chain’s first collection of fishing gear. Construction is expected to wrap up in time for a store opening in October, said Adam Ruonala, spokesman for Palmetto State Armory.

Palmetto State Armory has not yet started construction on the Summerville location, which will include an 18-lane shooting range, Ruonala said.

Nation & World

Fruit sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco recalled

A California packing company has voluntarily recalled fruit sold at Trader Joe’s and Costco due to the possible contamination of listeria monocytogenes, CBS News reported. The fruit has not been linked to any illnesses at this time.

Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, Calif., has recalled specific lots of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots. The products were packaged between June 1 and July 12. A full list of the products can be found at wawonapacking.com.

The company has listed specific packages from Trader Joe’s and Costco as being affected, but does not know exactly where in the country the fruit was shipped, resulting in a nationwide recall, the company said in a statement.

The fruit was recalled as a result of internal company testing. The facility was shut down, sanitized, then retested. All tests for listeria performed after the sanitation were negative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

The FDA is asking anyone who purchased the recalled products to not eat them and throw them away. Consumers with questions can contact Wawona Packing Co. at 1-888-232-9912.

Associated Press contributed.

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