Myrtle Beach courts Stone Brewing for beach facility

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The push is on to get Stone Brewing Company to expand in Myrtle Beach.  The craft beer brewer wants to build a new facility on the East Coast, including a bar and restaurant.

Myrtle Beach submitted its proposal last Friday.

The most enticing element is the millions of tourists the Grand Strand gets every year.

"Nobody in the country can provide the 14 million people that can tour their facility and help build their brand," said Brad Lofton with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation. "They have acknowledged that too.  We are having weekly conversations and hope and expect to be short-listed."

But community support could also sway the decision.

There is a Facebook page called "Stone Brewed on the Beach" where people can share the reasons why this community should be the chosen site.

Lofton was supposed to be in California this week meeting with leaders of Stone Brewery, but the trip was postponed at the request of the state, so that state leaders can also be a part of the visit.

The city's proposal, though, has been submitted with the site on 29th Avenue North, near attractions like Broadway at the Beach and the Pelicans.

It also gives quick access to highways 31 and 22, and eventually I-95.  The lack of direct access to an interstate is the biggest obstacle for Myrtle Beach, which is competing against several cities, including Charleston, Greenville, Charlotte and Wilmington.

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