NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A multi-million commercial deal is set in stone: Barefoot Landing is under new ownership. The company behind the recent purchase is no stranger to commercial development in the Grand Strand.
Burroughs and Chapin (B&C) is the company behind the housing community Grande Dunes and Coastal Grande Mall. The company also owns and manages Broadway at the Beach (BATB). According to B&C, the entertainment complex gets nearly 14 million visitors every year. The company says it hopes to mirror that success with its latest purchase. Barefoot Landing opened in 1988 in the North Strand and has about 100 specialty shops.
Shop owners say they recently met with B&C and like the ideas the company has in store for the shopping center.
Richard Kligman was at that meeting. Kligman is part owner of Klig Kites, which has a second location at BATB, also managed and owned by B&C. He says the company shared plans to make improvements to Barefoot Landing's parking and the center's look, to increase advertising efforts and add an outdoor stage for live entertainment. Kligman and his neighbors say they're optimistic about the possible changes B&C will bring.
"We did need a change. We did need a little bit more energy behind the center. I really feel, after speaking with the people from B&C and knowing them from our experience over there [at BATB], it can only be good things," said Kligman.
Amanda Oshbahr operates the Bijuju store. She says she hopes to see more empty stores with new businesses.
"I'm interested to see what's in store. I think they will be bringing some good things in," said Oshbahr.
B&C finalized the $43 million deal last Friday. An executive with the company says they're excited about the purchase and look forward to growing the number of visitors who go to Barefoot Landing.