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Business opportunity grows in the Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – City leaders responded to Planet Hollywood being demolished and the rumors of a new Publix coming to the south end of Myrtle Beach on Wednesday.

Even though the city is losing Planet Hollywood and hopes another iconic business will soon take its place, City Spokesperson, Mark Kruea, says it's typical for a business's life span to be 20 to 25 years and the city is looking forward to the future.

Right now, a Publix is already going in near Grand Dunes and while Kruea says he has heard the buzz of another going in on the south end too, he says no official paper work has been submitted to the community appearance board.

In the same area, a Walmart Neighborhood Market is set to be part of the new Farrow Commons shopping complex. Kruea says with it will be a bank, gas station and the potential for several other businesses.

Kruea says having so many new business prospects looking here is a clear-cut sign the city is starting to stick out on a national level.

“I think it means that the national retailers have finally started looking at Myrtle Beach as more than just a town of 27,000 people, and looking at our overall presence rather than just looking at census data that says we are a little, itty-bitty town, because we are obviously not a small town,” Kruea explained.

As part of the city’s original plan for the old air force base, now the Market Common District, Kruea explains the area is only 60 percent full. He anticipates even more homes and businesses to come to the area and reminds people of the potential business opportunities within the ITAP space.

“The plan is to have businesses to come in there and that would bring more people to live in the neighborhoods, that would bring more employees to go shop and eat, in the restaurants and the stores there, so that will play a good part too,” Kruea said. 

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