NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - More building means more growth, which is exactly what we're seeing in North Myrtle Beach. There's no sign of building just yet, but at the corner of Carolina Bays and Robert Edge Parkway is where a new shopping center might sit.
Signs say you'll soon see Champions Crossing on the 70 acres of empty land. Not so soon, as council members say it could take at least two years to see a finished project. We haven't seen any movement here since 2007. City Spokesperson Pat Dowling says plans were very active prior to the last recession, when the land was purchased and named Palmetto Crossing. Years later, developer Fletcher Bright, is ready to build the new shopping center.
City leaders say plans have not been finalized, but the layout calls for 15 shops, seven restaurants and several out parcels. One of those buildings is more than 16 acres, which Councilman Bob Cavanaugh hopes to be a store like Target or Kohl's. If this were to be the case, shoppers would no longer have to go elsewhere along the Grand Strand for these stores, building up business in North Myrtle Beach.
New restaurants and stores would add convenience for locals but also visitors coming for sports events at the neighboring, new sports complex, who are unfamiliar with the town.
Developers have already started to look for businesses to fill the land but none have been announced.
This isn't the only new shopping center well see out in North Myrtle Beach. Hobby Lobby and Publix are two stores that will join several others where Robbers Roost used to be located, in the Coastal North Town Center. Councilman Bob Cavanaugh says store names have not been announced for that shopping center but he hopes to hear of more by the end of April.