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New details revealed about Target coming to Horry County

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A press release by the developer behind a new Target store in Horry County has revealed new details about the store. The store is scheduled to open in July of 2012, and it will employ about 200 people.

WMBF News first reported the plans for the Target store in October of 2008. In January of 2011, WMBF News learned the plans were approved, but the developer could take years to start construction.

The announcement by The Jackson Companies not only reveals that construction is now underway, it also explains some other details about the store. It will be about the size of an average Target store, but it will have more fresh foods than a standard Target location. There will also be a Starbucks and a Pizza Hut inside the store.

Steve Alger, Vice President of Development for The Jackson Companies, says the plan calls for more than just the Target store.

"You don't start a project like this unless you have a lead anchor tenant like Target," he said.

Alger said the rest of the development planned around the Target store will include several other stores of different sizes, along with restaurants and offices, and potentially a hotel. The street leading into the area will look like a small town main street.

"A city we'd know here is a downtown Conway, with retail, restaurants on a main street that you enter on SayeBrook Parkway," Alger explained.

Tammy Hobeika said she is glad to hear about the development in the area.

"I love Target, and I like it because it would be in this area, and we wouldn't have to go into Myrtle Beach," Hobeika said. "I think we need an alternative to some of the other shops that are around."

Leoties Paredes disagreed. She said she would rather leave the area undeveloped.

"I think that building another target is extremely unnecessary," Paredes said. "There's a Walmart right across the road. There's a Target less than 20 minutes away. I don't think we need to destruct our land anymore and cut down any more trees and build a retail area that is really not needed to be there."

Alger said the overall development of about 700 acres will preserve about 200 acres in wetlands. That area will be an asset to potential home buyers in the future he said.

The plan for the residential area includes a connection to Palmetto Point Boulevard, which means drivers would have another link between SC Highway 544 and US Highway 17 Bypass. Alger said the residential development will follow the other parts of the plan. It could take 10 to 20 years to finish the residential development.

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