MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Some businesses in the Market Common are already reporting a major boost this year, thanks to Thursday night's Southern Times Square event.
Thousands of people packed the Market Common for the New Year's Eve Celebration: Southern Times Square. The event is geared toward providing a safe, fun environment that provides plenty of entertainment for the entire family.
The event also helps gives local businesses a boost in revenue. This year event organizers expected more than 5,000 people to ring in the New Year.
While it's not clear just how many people showed up Thursday night, local businesses said Southern Times Square brought in way more people than last year.
The owner of the only liquor store in the Market Common area said all day Thursday, his store was packed..
"A lot of people came in so parking was very minimal, You know, my parking lot and everything fills up and then people walk down," Wesley Cook, owner of Commons Discount Liquors, said
The folks over at Nacho Hippo said Thursday night, the Mexican Cantina served more people than they ever have before.
"I would say we saw at least a 10 percent increase from this time last year in food and alcohol. It was very family-oriented, very safe, no issues at all, and like I said one of the safest places to be on New Year's," said Richie Huggins, General Manager of Nacho Hippo.
Store owners and managers said they hope more events like the Southern Times Square will be held more often at the Market Common.