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Spencer Gifts Expands Business at Port of Charleston

Charleston, SC –This year, about 2,000 shipping containers filled with fuzzy dice, whoopee cushions and lava lamps will make their way through the Port of Charleston.

Novelty and trend retailer Spencer Gifts has designated Charleston its number one import destination. About 50% of the company's import volume is shipped through the port.

In response to congestion at West Coast ports, the company moved the majority of its volume to all-water services through the Panama Canal. According to Ali Kaviani, director of import purchasing for Spencer, the switch has been successful in providing timely and efficient cargo handling.

Shipments through Charleston serve the company's two distribution centers in Pineville, N.C., outside of Charlotte. Combined, they house over 600,000 square-feet of merchandise for Spencer Gift stores and its sister franchise, Spirit Halloween.

Spencer Gifts LLC is a lifestyle retail brand that has been focused on delivering humor and enjoyment to consumers for over 50 years. Spencer's operates over 630 stores throughout the United States and Canada. Specializing in innovative, humorous and unique merchandise, Spencer's is the mall destination for entertainment, excitement and fun for its core Generation-Y guest.

Heather Golin
Director, Corporate Communications
Spencer Gifts LLC
(609) 645-5575

Byron Miller
Manager, Public Relations
South Carolina State Ports Authority
(843) 577-8197