Proposed business could bring Hollywood to the beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach is going Hollywood! A new business is getting ready to set up shop off of Highway 17 Bypass and the proposed attraction is already turning heads.

A company wants to transform the old NASCAR Grille into a wax museum.

"I think anything that'd help tourists come would help benefit the city", said Myrtle Beach resident Penny Ballew.

People are always open to new business at the beach, but the latest plans for the old NASCAR Grill are sure to stand out. WMBF News showed the proposed designs for a Hollywood Wax Museum around, and it's not clear what will draw more attention-- what will be inside the building or out.

The large scale museum plans to bring Hollywood to Myrtle Beach-- complete with the new Hollywood sign, King Kong, and a celebrity version of Mount Rushmore covering the front.

For many, it's not the idea of wax, but the outside is all they needed to see.

"I love it. That's great. Yeah that is neat," said Penny Ballew and her husband Bobby.

"When people see King Kong I think they're going to say, 'Woah what's this,''' said Mary Ann Houser, who visits Myrtle Beach often. "Yes, definitely. It would get me to go."

For those who aren't so sure, city spokesperson Mark Kruea says if approved, the over the top design wouldn't be a first for the city.

"Well this would be new, this would be different, but it might fit in with the other lively things that we have here," explained Kruea, who referenced Wonder Works' upside down building, Hard Rock Cafe's Pyramid, and Planet Hollywood's globe.

"If somebody's willing to build it and they have the money for it, then go for it," said Bobby Ballew.

Different forms of the newly proposed wax museum are already up and running in Hollywood, California, Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Official plans have not yet been submitted to Myrtle Beach's Community Appearance Board for approval. But since the designs have been shown to city council members, it's something many expect to see soon.

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