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EDENS Expands Southeast Portfolio with Newly Acquired Freshfields Village


Columbia, S.C. (June 15, 2022) – EDENS, a leading national retail real estate owner, operator and developer, announced today that it has acquired Freshfields Village in Kiawah Island, S.C. The transaction makes EDENS the third owner of the 191,850-square-foot retail and lifestyle destination.

EDENS has deep roots in South Carolina having been founded in 1966 in Columbia.  The business has continued to grow upon a foundation of entrepreneurialism, human connection and exceptional service. The investment in Freshfields Village signals EDENS’ continued longstanding commitment to South Carolina.

We are honored and excited to become the stewards of Freshfields Village. Through its thoughtful curation of programming and public space activation, this iconic property has earned its reputation as a place where lasting memories and connections are made—an ethos that very much aligns with our mission to enrich community

Jodie W. McLean CEO, EDENS

Located at the intersection of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands, Freshfields Village features more than 70 retailers, restaurants and service-oriented businesses. It is the single largest retail development on South Carolina’s coastline and represents the best of southern hospitality, bringing the community together for more than 80 public events each year.

Freshfields Village is beloved by this community and is a valuable addition to our portfolio as we continue to expand our presence in the Southeast. We are honored for the opportunity to steward this very special destination that is treasured by all who enjoy South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Herbert Ames Senior Vice President and Regional Leader, EDENS

Freshfields Village is home to a dynamic mix of national, regional and local retailers whose offerings span from high-end apparel to grocery. Nationally recognized brands include lululemon, Harris Teeter, Faherty, Bluemercury, Johnny Was and Vineyard Vines and are complemented by local favorites such as Vincent’s Drugstore & Soda Fountain, GDC Home and The Co-Op. The retail destination sits in the heart of Kiawah Island, which is home to more than 5,000 residents and draws over 400,000 visitors each year.

 About Freshfields Village

Freshfields Village is located at the crossroads of Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Johns Island in South Carolina. A short 30-minute drive from downtown Charleston, the outdoor pedestrian village offers vacationers and residents a premiere shopping and dining destination with unique architecture, beautiful courtyard patios, and events that include Shag Nights on the Dock, outdoor concerts and a seasonal farmers market.


EDENS is a retail real estate owner, operator, and developer of a nationally leading portfolio of 110 places. Our purpose is to enrich community through human engagement. We know that when people come together, they feel a part of something bigger than themselves and prosperity follows—economically, socially, culturally, and soulfully. EDENS has offices in key markets including Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, Columbia, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Houston, Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.