MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Walmart Neighborhood Market is on the way to Farrow Commons, and some nearby homeowners are not happy with the news.
With the laid back, hometown vibe, the Market Common offers an atmosphere many parts of Myrtle Beach don't.
"We kind of like this area because of the uniqueness of it,” explained John Gitto, a fairly new homeowner near the Market Common.
Now, Gitto and some fellow homeowners fear a nearby Walmart Neighborhood Market could change that.
"You're going to lose that hometown feeling that's in that Market Common area, which I fell in love with the moment I saw it,” Gitto said.
On Thursday, the project got its final approval from the Community Appearance Board. Now work is underway for both the neighborhood Walmart, along with several other stores.
The project manager says he's excited for the project, but expected some backlash.
"There are a lot of struggling businesses right in Market Common,” said a worried Gitto. “I feel like people are going to be drawn out of the Market Common area, out to the Bypass."
"I think the Walmart could be beneficial because the prices are less,” rebutted Paule-Antoine Isola, a worker at a nearby Market Common shop.
She says there are enough struggling shops in the area, and believes an anchor store could help.
She thinks folks should stop worrying about what's coming and worry more about what's on the way out.
"You can't be as worried about the landscape when you can't maintain the area financially,” said Isola. “There are a lot of empty storefronts."
The project manager says the Walmart should be open early next summer. He hopes the store will prove naysayers wrong.