Publix opens in North Myrtle Beach, draws shoppers to city - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Publix opens in North Myrtle Beach, draws shoppers to city

The Publix supermarket will open its doors for the first time in North Myrtle Beach Wednesday. The Publix supermarket will open its doors for the first time in North Myrtle Beach Wednesday.
Publix has a total of fifty stores in South Carolina. Publix has a total of fifty stores in South Carolina.
Some features of the store are a deli, wine, bakery, and prep section with free recipes and samples. Some features of the store are a deli, wine, bakery, and prep section with free recipes and samples.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's the day a ton of shoppers here in the Grand Strand have been waiting for, Publix officially opens its doors.

This is the first Publix to hit our area and it has set shop right in North Myrtle Beach.

The store joins the nearly two dozen shops and restaurants at Coastal North Town Center. It is one of the 10 largest-volume supermarket chains in the country.

Some features of the store are a deli, bakery, wine area and prep section with free recipes and samples.

Part of Publix setting up shop here, is embedding itself in the community. Of the 150 employees it hired,100 are locals. Tuesday, it even donated money to local schools.

Overall, there are about 50 Publix stores in in South Carolina, and one is even going in at Pawley's Island; however, it's a waiting game to see if Publix will fill the hole at Grande Dunes at 82nd Parkway, Farrow Parkway or Carolina Forest.

“We love that excitement that the community wants to see more and more Publix, we want to see the same thing. While we can't confirm anything at this time, other than this location, we are always looking for great communities and great areas to come in and make an investment,” said Dwaine Stevens with Publix Media Relations.

This grocery chain is adding to the on-going growth of the new town center.

“Look around you, the growth is here, its a beautiful shopping center, it continues to grow here and its very sprawly. Its a great time to come to North Myrtle Beach because of all the growth and we want to be a part of that,” said Stevens.

Many are calling Publix an anchor store for the Coastal North Town Center, believing it will pull in more business to this end of the beach.

WMBF News stopped into Dick's Sporting Goods to see how they're doing since opening in September. A store manager said it has been slower than anticipated and they're ready for Publix to bring in more traffic.

Versona, on the other hand, is seeing the opposite effect. Employees say business has been better than expected.

Either way, city leaders are expecting growth in this area.

Of the nearly two dozen shops and restaurants, some are still preparing to open including a nail place, yogurt shop, and Which Wich; each store benefiting many people, in many ways.

Shoppers say this center offers variety, new stores to the area, and jobs. City Spokesperson Pat Dowling, says right now the whole city is seeing this strong growth.

Eventually there will be more stores in this area, experiencing a day like Publix.

From the new sports complex to Coastal North Town Center, North Myrtle Beach is quickly picking up traffic.

Plans have been in order for a new shopping center  - Champions Crossing - at Robert Edge Parkway and Carolina Bays.

The plan is to open 15 stores, seven restaurants and several outparcels on the 70 acres of land.

As far as what stores we will see, that remains under wraps. The city has not seen a site plan but expects it in the "near future."

City spokesperson Pat Dowling thinks the developer wants to have tenants signed before making an announcement.  As of now, a date has not been set for building or opening.

WMBF News reached out to the developer, but we have not heard back.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.
  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Conway looks to highlight community offerings through series of online videos

    Conway looks to highlight community offerings through series of online videos

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:45 AM EDT2018-04-22 13:45:39 GMT
    Source: City of Conway websiteSource: City of Conway website
    Source: City of Conway websiteSource: City of Conway website

    Conway city leaders are partnering with a communications company to produce a series of online videos to highlight all the community offers to residents and visitors.

    More >>

    Conway city leaders are partnering with a communications company to produce a series of online videos to highlight all the community offers to residents and visitors.

    More >>
  • Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival continues on Sunday

    Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival continues on Sunday

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:21 AM EDT2018-04-22 13:21:04 GMT
    It's a foodie Friday for all the food lovers out there. The Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival is returning to the area for a second year (Source: WMBF News)It's a foodie Friday for all the food lovers out there. The Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival is returning to the area for a second year (Source: WMBF News)

    It's a foodie Friday for all the food lovers out there. The Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival is returning to the area for a second year.

    More >>

    It's a foodie Friday for all the food lovers out there. The Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival is returning to the area for a second year.

    More >>
  • Sidewalk art looks to spread positivity in downtown Myrtle Beach

    Sidewalk art looks to spread positivity in downtown Myrtle Beach

    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:49:38 GMT
    100 pieces of artwork like this will be displayed throughout downtown on the sidewalks (Source: WMBF News)100 pieces of artwork like this will be displayed throughout downtown on the sidewalks (Source: WMBF News)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -- Downtown redevelopment has been one of the focal points for the city of Myrtle Beach and work is underway to create a family friendly atmosphere. One of those project looks to spread positivity for those walking on sidewalks. 100 pieces of artwork like this will be displayed throughout downtown on the sidewalks. Larry Bond, owner of Art Burger in downtown Myrtle Beach has worked with several local artists as well as the Downtown Revitalization Committee t...

    More >>

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -- Downtown redevelopment has been one of the focal points for the city of Myrtle Beach and work is underway to create a family friendly atmosphere. One of those project looks to spread positivity for those walking on sidewalks. 100 pieces of artwork like this will be displayed throughout downtown on the sidewalks. Larry Bond, owner of Art Burger in downtown Myrtle Beach has worked with several local artists as well as the Downtown Revitalization Committee t...

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:31 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:31:08 GMT
    Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>
  • Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:11 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:11:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:23:15 GMT
    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>
  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:35 AM EDT2018-04-22 14:35:19 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly