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Murrells Inlet healthcare expanding to Market Common area

Tidelands Health to come to Farrow Pkwy? Tidelands Health to come to Farrow Pkwy?

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - More growth is headed to the Market Common area, and this time it's healthcare.

If you drive down Farrow Parkway, you may notice a sign on the land near Alexan Withers Preserve, announcing it as the future home to Tidelands Health.

Tidelands is the same group which includes Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community hospitals. Vice President of Marketing, Amy Stevens, said it's in the very early stages of planning.

What they know for sure is they will be building on Farrow Parkway. It won't be a hospital but more of an outpatient service building. Stevens said with all the growth in Horry County, this will help better serve their patients.

Some people, worry about over-building in the area, since the Market Common is growing at such a fast pace. TJ Weeden, owner of The Roasted Bean, on the other hand says, bring on that local impact.

"It's going to provide offices and jobs. With that, people need to go eat lunch, drink coffee,” said Weeden. “It's in a great spot where the cars are gonna see it right away so I think it's actually gonna be good for the area."

According to the City of Myrtle Beach, since Tidelands has not provided their plans, the sign you see, will come down. With any construction, plans need to be approved by city leaders, before signs and buildings can go up.

The empty lot across from the Tidelands sign, is a big talker in our area. It's the site which is being called Farrow Commons.

There was buzz a Walmart would go in this location, but neither the city or Walmart could confirm this.

As a local business owner, Weeden believes we need to bring in businesses, which will benefit the locals. As of now, no word on the anchor store for Farrow Commons.

"There's been a lot of talk about that from the locals that live here we would love something that promoted organic, whole foods type things, maybe a Trader Joe's,” said Weeden.

The search is on, but first things first, the landowner is looking to update its plans. 

According to city paperwork, the owner wants to subdivide the more than 25 acres, at Farrow Parkway and Fred Nash Boulevard, into 9 development lots. This is to focus on more commercial development. One parcel includes a grocery store with other stores around it. This allows room for both places to shop and live, adding growth to the Market Common.

"Well, clearly I got my coffee shop at just the right time because since I got here, I've seen neighborhoods come here, new ones arriving,” said Weeden. “As a local business owner, that can only benefit us."

WMBF News will learn more about the plans on this lot during a city council meeting Tuesday. 

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