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Smoothie, acai and poke bowl shop Beech will open its third local store on James Island at the end of April, owner Keegan Bird told the City Paper Tuesday. And, there could be more South Carolina Beech outposts in the future. 

“We’ve been looking I’d say since April 2019, and we didn’t get everything buttoned up until January 2020,” said Bird, who owns Beech’s two other locations — downtown and on Daniel Island — with his step-brother Daniel Rimer. “Then, obviously crazy COVID came around.”  

But more than a year later, the duo is set to open Beech on James Island at 1739 Maybank Hwy., near the corner of Folly Road and Maybank Highway. Look for the same smoothies, acai bowls and tuna poke you’ll find at the other shops, with a few new additions like fresh-squeezed juices. 

“The James Island location is kind of a hybrid between our Daniel Island and downtown one,” Bird said. “We’re consolidating the menu a little bit. We’re adding a new signature poke bowl, and we’re going to kind of expand our grab-and-go program.”

According to Bird, Beech’s expansion isn’t complete. Moving forward, he plans to franchise the concept with the hope of adding more stores throughout South Carolina. If that happens, the James Island store will serve as the flagship, Bird said. 

For more information, visit beechrestaurants.com