NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Some of the stores in the new North Myrtle Beach shopping center are officially open.
A packed parking lot is a good sign for the Coastal North Town Center. Hobby Lobby and Rack Room Shoes are two stores already welcoming business, and WMBF News got a look inside Dick's Sporting Goods, which also opened Friday.
Shoppers inside say while new stores may mean spending, they'll be saving a lot in gas.
"It means a lot because I don't have to go all the way to Highway 501 to go shopping," said North Myrtle Beach resident Christine Arroyo.
For stores, this location has its perks.
"We understand North Myrtle Beach has tourists, and a lot of locals that are very passionate about hunting, fishing or golf," said Community Marketing Manager of Dick's Sporting Goods Erin Hansen. "The whole area seems to be developing so well."
With new stores come new jobs. Signs show, Ulta is ready to fill positions, and PubliX also is hosting several hiring events, this weekend.
About 21 tenants will set up shop here. They include: Publix, TJ Maxx, Ulta Beauty, Hobby Lobby, Dick's Sporting Goods, Ross Dress for Less, Rack Room Shoes, PetSmart, Versona Accessories, Dickey's Bar-B-Que, Which Wich, Super Cuts, Menchie's Yogurt, Lee Nails , Coastal North Vision Center, Chipotle, McAlister's Deli, Mattress Firm, Heartland Dental, Fashion Boutique, Bojangles, according to the City of North Myrtle Beach.
This isn't the only area you can expect to see brand new businesses. Champions Crossing has been the talk of the town. It's the new shopping center that's set to sit along Robert Edge Parkway and Carolina Bays. It will be made up of 15 stores 7 restaurants and several out parcels, to take over 70 acres, according to Fletcher Bright Company's plans, the developer on the project.
The City of North Myrtle Beach has not yet received plans but expects a list of tenants in the near future. Either way, this kind of growth is what's getting stores to settle in the area and people to visit, like Mary Roode and her husband. They drove to North Myrtle from Surfside, just to check out the new Coastal North Town Center.
"I think its gonna be great for this area, you're gonna get lots of people from North Carolina coming over the border and shopping here," said Roode.
While a date has not been set for Champions Crossing to open, Coastal North Town Center should be ready to go in October.