With a well-established community of full-time residents and a significant influx of visitors year-round, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton support a variety of retail shopping areas each with its own distinct vibe. Commercial space is also well distributed across the island and in the growing mainland market.
On Hilton Head Island, outdoor shopping areas like Shelter Cove Towne Centre and Coligny Plaza capitalize on the island’s beautiful Lowcountry landscape, creating an inviting shopping environment complimented by nearby parks and beach access. Smaller, but equally charming retail centers like Harbour Town, The Village of Wexford, and Main Street Village offer more options for local entrepreneurs and independently owned boutiques.
The area’s largest shopping complex is located in Bluffton at the Tanger Outlet Centers. Two separate sites a mile apart provide space for more than 90 designer name brand stores. At the other end of the retail spectrum is Old Town Bluffton along Calhoun Street, a hub of eclectic shops, art studios and antique stores. The neighboring Promenade is a shopping and dining district lined with locally owned stores and restaurants.
One of the newest growing commercial areas in Bluffton is along Buckwalter. Anchored by two grocery stores, the developing center includes locally-owned breweries, restaurants, doctors offices, professional space, and the Culinary Institute of the South. Washington Square will be the home of a mix-use development with apartments and stores.
Both Hilton Head and Bluffton have developed ample commercial space for other types of business, enterprise, and office spaces, and are bolstered by reliable infrastructure and technology. On Hilton Head Island, office space is available from the South End’s Office Park to the North End’s Palmetto Office Suites on Main Street. Warehouse and industrial properties also are available in several areas of the island, including near the Hilton Head Island Airport.
The rapid growth of Bluffton in recent years has generated a boom in commercial centers along Bluffton Parkway, Buck Island Road and Goethe Road. Large industrial parks also have sprung up in the nearby communities of Hardeeville and Okatie, providing space for an array of companies, from breweries to distribution centers.