Wonderworks Imaginarium under construction

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Greg Argos - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC  (WMBF) - With construction pushing into it's second week, the countdown to the opening of Wonderworks Imaginarium is underway.

"They are a true addition to any destination that they are added to," said Michelle Sutton, the vice president of marketing for Burroughs & Chapin.

Sutton says we should see the upside down museum open by the Summer 2011. She says that means more jobs at Broadway at the Beach.

"There will be some 120 jobs available [at Wonderworks], so it really does do a lot for employment," Sutton explained.

However, there are also the construction jobs that have been created by the project, which Sutton says will also boost business in local stores.

"I certainly think it's going to assist some of those mom-and-pop stores with some exposure. I do think it's going to be a place where people will recognize. You're not going to miss it when you're driving down the Bypass," she said.

That possibility of more exposure is good news for Tracy Logan, the assistant manager at Gemini Boutique.

"We're excited about having something unique out here. It's going to be big and it's going to be exciting," Logan said.

Since the newest attraction will be directly next door to her boutique, Logan says she also hopes Wonderworks brings in business.

"Some of the stores out here that have been empty have been a bit of a downer for us. I think it just puts a positive spin. It lets people know things are happening. Things are in the works. It gets people a little more excited," Logan explained.

The new attraction is slated top open by Summer 2011.

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