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Retailers, restaurants and other service businesses are changing the retail, hospitality and commercial landscape in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. Here's the latest in new construction, renovations, relocations, mergers, planned projects, closings and grand openings.

Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, 1 Hudson Road, Hilton Head. This venerable neighborhood restaurant and bar since 1967 opened an extended dock in mid-August.

The 300-foot extension sets aside 225 feet for the public and the remainder for charter vessels. The project allows for more boaters to dock and dine at the restaurant on Skull Creek.

Malone Barbeque, 1195 May River Road, Bluffton. This start-up food trailer is now open Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or for as long as the food lasts. Ribs, beef brisket, smoked turkey and homemade sausage are sold by the half-pound, and sides also are available.

Marriott Courtyard, 79 Pope Ave., Hilton Head. This new six-story hotel, a short walk to Coligny Beach, plans to open in December with 115 rooms, a pool, fitness center and other amenities. Its Bistro café will offer healthy dining choices at breakfast and dinner.

Developer Southeastern Development Associates also is doing makeovers at the Sage Room, Plantation Deli, New York City Pizza and Bicycle Billy's, located next door.

Hilton Head Toys, Harbour Town and Coligny Plaza, Hilton Head. Owners Scott and Mandi Lee have renamed Boomerang Toys and Kidz For Life to reflect the stores' local roots and ownership.

The stores carry popular brand names and stock their shelves with current toys, books, puzzles, games, beach accessories, dolls, balloons, arts and crafts and more.

"We felt that our name should indicate who we are, and who our customers are, and give them the assurance that they are shopping local," Mandi said.

Grand openings, ribbon cuttings and closings:

Nonna Lucia, 5 Godfrey Place, Bluffton. This Italian eatery reopened Aug. 24 after closing five months ago over a lease issue. It has revamped its menu and created a new early-bird dining menu.

Other Sister's Wine Bar, Shelter Cove, Hilton Head, Aug. 28. It features a fusion menu mixed with salads, seafood and steaks for dinner. Also offering lunch with food and wine pairings, inside or outside, including a Sunday brunch. Closed Mondays.

Healthy Habit, Park Plaza, Hilton Head, Sept. 1. This fast-casual, fresh-ingredient restaurant has reopened after closing its north end location. It has been redesigned and rebranded, and provides indoor/outdoor seating.

D.R. Horton, Hilton Head-Savannah Division, 30 Silver Lake Road, Bluffton, Sept. 5. The home builder and developer opened a corporate office in its new 9,000- square-foot facility to accommodate recent growth in the company and its new communities to built in the area over the next few years.

Wasabi, 103 Buckwalter Place Blvd., Suite 109, Bluffton, Sept. 12. This new Japanese restaurant-sushi bar serves fresh fish in its sushi and sashimi, and traditional and modern dishes. Open daily, Wasabi offers tempura dinners, curry rice, Bento boxes, poke bowls, hibachi, and soups and salads.

Benchmark Fitness Center, Sheridan Park, Bluffton, Sept. 13. Owners Mike and Laura Keenan have sold the building and closed the center.

Lowcountry resident Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer. Have Bluffton or Hilton Head business news to share with our readers? Send information to Rowland at leaftoo@live.com.

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