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Pottery store opens in place of old K-Mart on North Kings Highway

An anchor store will finally fill the void from the old K-Mart on North Kings Highway, which closed down last September. Source: Katrina Helmer An anchor store will finally fill the void from the old K-Mart on North Kings Highway, which closed down last September. Source: Katrina Helmer
Source: Katrina Helmer Source: Katrina Helmer
Source: Katrina Helmer Source: Katrina Helmer
Source: Katrina Helmer Source: Katrina Helmer

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An anchor store has finally filled the void from the old K-Mart on North Kings Highway, which closed down September 2014.

Carolina Pottery opened its doors earlier than expected.

Neighbors and other businesses are excited that the new store could be a good boost for the area.

The aisles of toiletries and sporting goods are long gone, replaced with rows upon rows of home décor. Carolina Pottery answers all your indoor and outdoor decorating needs, along with craft supplies. Stout says the main thing left to do before opening the store is merchandising all the product.

The furnishing store has several locations around the Carolinas, along with one in northern Georgia. Neighboring business owners say they're excited that this new store will also attract improvements to this entire shopping district.

“We are hopeful that the locals will come shop at our store and we had a very good reception from them so far, and not even being open,” says Stout. “We've had a lot of interest in the store from locals, businesses and local residents.”

The store is catering to locals or anyone with vacation homes in Myrtle Beach. But they're also working to attract the tourists. There will be knick knacks and souvenirs that tourists can get to remember their Myrtle Beach vacation.

Since announcing that Carolina Pottery is planting roots in Myrtle Beach, Store Manager Joe Stout says there has already been one other business that has also decided to take over a storefront nearby. And they're hoping that positive trend continues. Other business owners in the complex say that having an anchor store like Carolina Pottery will hopefully attract more locals to their stores, which could mean more steady income and job opportunities for them, too.

“We're hopeful that bringing our store in will bring other businesses to this shopping center alone and to this area around here. Because we've seen a lot of excitement from businesses that are already here to get us going and get us started,” says Stout.

One of the major concerns in the area is crime. Myrtle Beach Police records show the majority of the crime that goes down in these few blocks is all drug-related. When the K-Mart was open, there were plenty of calls for shoplifting and people using bogus money, too. So far in May, there have been no reports of criminal activity near the shopping complex, which is perhaps a sign of things to come.

The store's manager says they really made an emphasis of hiring locally for this Carolina Pottery. They brought just a couple people from the company and have made a point to hire dozens of locals. When they open the doors, they hope to have a total of 60 people on the payroll for this store. And right now, they have 10 to 20 positions still available to fill. If you would like to apply, you can head to the store or you can click here.

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