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Carlos'n Charlie's added to the list of Broadway at the Beach businesses to close

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's a question everyone has been asking, what's going on at Broadway at the Beach? First, Planet Hollywood closed, then MagiQuest and now Carlos’n Charlie’s is following suit.

Carlos’n Charlie’s will have its last day of operation on Halloween, according to General Manager Jerry Lomeli.

Lomeli said the restaurant had a five year lease agreement and since that lease is just about up, property owner Burroughs and Chapin has requested the property.

Representatives with Burroughs and Chapin said, "Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc. does not comment on contractual matters with its tenants."

On a positive note, the same company which owns Carlos'n Charlie's also manages Senor Frogs and Lomeli said, "Senor Frogs isn't going anywhere." In fact, he said some of the nearly 40 current employees at Carlos’n Charlie's will transfer to Senor Frogs.

Allegedly, this isn't the only shuffle taking place in Celebrity Square, which has other businesses asking the same questions, you are.

The statement below was issued on behalf of Hard Rock International: 

"Since our opening in 1995, Myrtle Beach has been and continues to be an important market for Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock International evaluates development opportunities on a regular basis, including potential relocations. We typically will not comment on deals or locations until finalized."

"We've heard a lot of talk as well, we've heard that the clubs are all being asked to leave, or they were not having their leases renewed,” Sales and Marketing Manager Hard Rock Cafe Janice Vest said. “I'm not sure what's happening with celebrity square, overall, I know that Broadway at the Beach is committed to maintaining a very family friendly environment here.”

Vest said the Hard Rock Cafe fits the family-friendly mold.

"We did just renew our contract for five years, we originally had a 20-year lease, we extended that and right after we signed that contract was when the discussions began about our relocating."

The restaurant, is considering moving to Celebrity Square, according Vest. While a date isn’t set, she said the move may take place sometime late-spring, or early-summer 2016.

Vest assumes relocating means taking down the iconic pyramid building, which some locals are saddened to hear.

“Don’t do that, I think that's a cool scenery,” said local Joshua Zelter. “It attracts a lot of people from the streets.”

Zelter said he hopes the rumors of other businesses closing isn't true.

“If they were to shut some of those clubs down it would probably take a lot of business away from the tourists and the people that do want to come down and have a good time,” he said.

First time visitor Yolanda Wicker agrees.

“It's nice the way it is, it really is," Wicker said. "I guess if they add more, but take away, I don’t think they should."

Several of the businesses' managers and owners, including Hard Rock, said contracts have not been signed so plans are still in the works.

The City of Myrtle Beach has not received any applications for new business licenses in the area.

While Burroughs and Chapin wouldn't confirm any specifics on which businesses will close or move, representative Lei Gainer sent a statement:

“Over the last 20 years, Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc.'s Broadway at the Beach has become one of the premier experiential retail and entertainment complexes on the East Coast. Throughout that time, our goal has been to keep Broadway fresh so that visitors will continue to come back year after year. Over the years, our vision for Broadway has evolved organically as we considered the needs and demands of the marketplace. In our view, Broadway has to keep evolving, and changes are opportunities for us to continue providing new and exciting shopping, dining and attraction experiences.”

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