MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Cookout is preparing to open their second location in the Grand Strand.
The Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board has already given the approval for the double drive through hamburger chain. It will look very similar to the one that opened up on Highway 501 in spring 2013.
This comes after a number of new chains opened up this year- from Dickey's Barbeque, to Chipotle Mexican Grill, and another Jersey Mike's Subs. Out of the top ten national fast food chains that have showed the most growth, Myrtle Beach is now home to six of them.
WMBF News checked out the numbers for you, and according to the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, 40 percent of the restaurants in Horry County are fast food joints. In Florence, the number gets even higher at 57 percent of the restaurants. Across the state, the number falls at 49 percent.
Some might consider it a takeover, but those who work in locally-owned restaurants along the Grand Strand say they think there's still room for the traditional mom and pop place.
"Sometimes it matters," said Camron Arnold, who works in a Myrtle Beach restaurant. "But when you have a specialty restaurant, people are coming there because they want that kind of food only. With a chain restaurant, people go if they're just hungry and they're going to go there because there's a variety and it's fast."
When it comes to health effects, South Carolina is ranked the seventh most obese state in the nation. The state is ranked second when it comes to obese 10 to 17 year olds.