Freestyle closing still affecting businesses

By Mark Meredith - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Sunday marks one year since Freestyle Music Park first opened their doors, now businesses who counted on the park for customers are having to deal with an empty lot.

Ads for the theme park blanketed the Grand Strand for months but now that park sits empty as lawyers for the company and creditors face a debacle over the park's financial issues.

"It's obviously affected us a little bit" said Jessica Schoener, who manages the Holiday Inn near the park. Other hotels near the park report a drop in business but nothing catastrophic as some had feared when news of the park's closing first surfaced.

"They did a fair amount of advertising with us, but we just couldn't seem to draw them in" said Joseph Egbert, a hotel clerk at America's Best Value Inn off of Highway 501.

The park was re branded from Hard Rock Park into the more family themed music venue. In March, the park confirmed it would be unable to open for the 2010 season due to a lack of investors.

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