Businesses open, close, expand during off-season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Last year Myrtle Beach witnessed many small businesses close. Economist predict that this year will be slow once again

WMBF News got the scoop on what small businesses are doing to tread the waters.

Nibils on North Kings Highway is just one of the small businesses that say they are ready for whatever the economy brings.

"Well were going to put different specials on like a hanger steak uh crab cake Benedict spinach salad stuff we haven't done in the past make it a little more interesting," said Jack Cahill

Jack Cahill is the owner of Nibils. On Friday, Nibils will re-open for the season after shutting their doors in December.

Cahill says that business was a little soft for him last year.

"You take the good with the bad and that's how you make it. it take 7 days to make a week and 52 weeks to make a year," said Maureen Butwin.

Nibils is just one of the restaurant's in Myrtle Beach that have become a staple in the community, just a block away you will find another, Mr. Fish.

Mr.Fish himself Ted Hammerman has somewhat of a different tale when he speaks of economical hardships.

"Every year we are 30 percent up. This is what's prompting the expansion to a larger space."

Mr. Fish will soon move to 6401 North Kings Highway so that they can handle booming business. Hammerman said his secret to success is easy.

"We put a splash in your glass and a fish on your dish," said Hammerman

Mr. Fish says as of now they plan to hire 15 more people when they change locations.

Just north of Mr. Fish inside Barefoot Landing you'll find another businessman who is expanding.

Chris Tobin is the owner of Maggie moo's Ice cream and barefoot landing's Salsarita's. His newest endeavor is Smokin Hot Southwest grille and BBQ.

He plans to open its doors in March.

Tobin says the key to staying afloat on the tossing sea of the economy is by offering product that locals as well as tourist will love.

Many of the small businesses that WMBF News spoke with are optimistic towards the future. They say they're doing whatever they can to prepare for tourist season.

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