Myrtle Beach economic leader says pandemic helped recruit companies to Grand Strand

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the bottom line for many businesses throughout the Grand Strand, but one economic leader said there are some bright spots.

SC Tax Free Weekend to be held August 7-9

Krispy Kreme bringing back fan-favorite Reese’s Doughnuts

Florence County leaders approve land purchase to help bring in new industry, create jobs

  SC’s first double-decker tour bus unveiled in Myrtle Beach

Qualifying amusement businesses eligible for admissions tax refund through SCDOR

Rep. Rice introduces new tax credit to help promote healthy workplaces

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Luxury pet resort, spa set to open in North Myrtle Beach in fall 2020

  Ready or not, deadline for filing income taxes quickly approaching

  Lake City mayor believes future MUSC hospital could have a major impact on community

  Many Florence residents, businesses follow face mask proclamation on first day

  ‘I applaud them’: Florence councilwoman approves of mayor’s face mask proclamation

Lowe’s announces $100 million in bonuses for ‘outstanding’ front-line workers

  New Myrtle Beach eatery opens doors to public, donates to Grand Strand Miracle Leagues

The new restaurant, located on Rodeo Drive in Myrtle Beach, held its grand opening celebration Monday with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

  Florence salon reopens after long journey through the COVID-19 shutdown

Shortly after opening, businesses were forced to shut down following the COVID-19 outbreak and put the new business in an unusual position.

Packaging company to bring well-paying jobs to Robeson County

An Italian packaging company is bringing its production operations to Red Springs.

  Chuck’s Steak House in Myrtle Beach will reopen for business on Tuesday

A Myrtle Beach steak house staple will reopen its doors after all following a COVID-19 closure.

  Local high-end sneaker store temporarily closes, moves out items due to looting fears

  Florence Downtown Development Corporation provides small businesses with recovery grant

Apply now for up to $1,500 toward rent payment through SC Housing

Kroger employees to receive ‘Thank You Pay’ after ‘Hero Bonuses’ come to an end

  Pee Dee hair salon books hundreds of appointments ahead of reopening

  'It’s great to be back’: S.C. restaurants excited to resume limited dine-in service

  'I’m very thankful’: Florence restaurant owner amazed by community during outdoor dining reopening

Leaders in Florence are making sure businesses have the tools they need to safely reopen, as restaurants start to welcome customers back to their dining tables.

  City of Hartsville develops campaign to help struggling small businesses during pandemic

The city of Hartsville developed a campaign to assist struggling small businesses with the help of some local organizations.

  North Myrtle Beach task force recommends asking for federal, state relief funding for small businesses

After weeks of meeting, the North Myrtle Beach COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force presented some of its findings to the city council.

  Some North Myrtle Beach business owners seeing slow financial growth

Some business owners in North Myrtle Beach are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

  ’It’s affecting everyone’s attitude’: Coronavirus slows down business for stores, others remain close

Some businesses struggle to stay afloat while remaining closed. For others able to re-open, it's anything but business as usual.

SC restaurant association issues letter to help dining areas reopen safely

WIS obtained a letter sent to the governor outlining a three-phase approach to reopening restaurants.

  Grand Strand realtors still seeing interest from serious buyers, others refinancing mortgages

The real estate market in the Grand Strand made changes to how they’re showing homes and they’re seeing more interest online.

SURVEY: Where does the community stand on reopening beaches, businesses

The issue of how to safely reopen South Carolina’s economy has become a hot topic among our communities.

  North Myrtle Beach creates Economic Recovery Task Force to plan out reopening

Hotel managers, restaurant owners and city officials are working together to figure out how to safely reopen North Myrtle Beach.

  ‘Eat Local Support Local’ online store helping Florence businesses impacted by COVID-19

All Star Sports’ “Eat Local Support Local” online store is helping businesses being affected by the COVID-19 shutdown by selling t-shirts.

  Myrtle Beach area steak house won’t reopen after COVID-19 restrictions lifted

A steak house staple in the Myrtle Beach area for more than 40 years will not be reopening after having to close its doors due to COVID-19.

S.C. unemployment claims climb to more than 87K, according to state workforce officials

South Carolina unemployment claims are over 87,000 for the week ending April 11, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Employment and Workforce.

  Myrtle Beach Medieval Times lays off 131 employees

Over 100 employees of Myrtle Beach’s Medieval Times have been laid off amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Myrtle Beach restaurant owner stays optimistic despite opening right before COVID-19 closures

Jan Dobr opened Beachfront Kitchen & Bar just weeks before dine-in was stopped, but he’s staying optimistic

  S.C. business leader explains small business, employee frustrations over federal stimulus bill

Nearly half of the Pee Dee economy is made up of small businesses, and many of these businesses have had a difficult time accessing the $358 billion guaranteed through the paycheck protection program.

  McCall Farms increases production, staffing to meet needs of customers during COVID-19

As people flock to grocery stores across the country, McCall Farms in Florence County has increased production to meet consumer demands.

S.C. Attorney General’s Office receives over 600 price gouging complaints

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office said it has received hundreds of price gouging complaints during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Sen. Tim Scott, S.C. Chamber take questions from business owners about economic stimulus package

U.S. Senator Tim Scott and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce held a teleconference to answer questions from South Carolina business owners on the economic relief package passed last week.

  Struggling Pee Dee businesses to receive help if $2 trillion relief package passes

Help could be on the way soon for small Florence businesses who are hurting during the coronavirus crisis.

  Grand Strand realtors put more precautions in place while showing homes

The coronavirus has not only impacted the day-to-day lives of millions across the country, it’s also impacted job security for many.

  Myrtle Beach Chamber wants to hear from businesses impacted by coronavirus

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to get an “accurate and ongoing assessment” of the impact the novel coronavirus has had on Grand Strand businesses.

‘Penguin Playhouse’ opens at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

The penguins are here and ready to meet the public!

  Local financial expert weighs in on how the coronavirus may impact your finances

As cases of the fast-spreading coronavirus continue to grow so does its impact on the world’s economy.

Bath & Body Works store at Inlet Square Mall set to close its doors

A Grand Strand Bath & Body Works store will soon be closing its doors for good.

Crooked Hammock Brewery set to open in May in North Myrtle Beach

A highly-anticipated brewery in North Myrtle Beach has announced is expected to open in just a few months.

Construction underway on new restaurant, entertainment venue at Broadway at the Beach

Construction has begun on The Hangout, the new restaurant and entertainment venue that is scheduled to open at Broadway at the Beach in late 2020, according to property owners.

  New business innovation center coming to downtown Myrtle Beach

The city is partnering with Horry Telephone Cooperative to create the space that will be on 9th Avenue North for local entrepreneurs.

Entertainment, hospitality employers hiring for 150+ jobs at Myrtle Beach job fair

Some of the top entertainment and hospitality employers in Myrtle Beach will be hosting a major job fair next week.

Delay in winter maintenance extends Myrtle Beach SkyWheel’s closure dates

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel’s winter maintenance will keep it closed to the public a little while longer.

Plastic manufacturing company to create 74 jobs in Georgetown

A manufacturing company announced Wednesday it will create 74 jobs this year in the City of Georgetown.

Restaurants open locations at the Shoppes at Tournament Boulevard in Murrells Inlet

Two restaurants have opened new locations at a Grand Strand shopping complex.

  Plans show Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex transforming into major development

More than 1,800 single-family homes, retail spaces and an RV park are just some of the things the owner is hoping to build on the property.

MYR has record-breaking year in 2019

In 2019, more people flew through Myrtle Beach International Airport than any previous year.

  Furniture stores seek to capitalize on Grand Strand’s population growth

The national furniture chain Haverty’s recently announced they will move into the vacant building that once housed Toys 'R' Us at Seaboard Commons.

Hemp processing company bringing 25 new jobs to Marion County

South Carolina’s fast-growing hemp industry is bringing new jobs to Marion County.

  Deal Diva: Best things to buy in January 2020

Many shoppers are taking a break from shopping as they try to readjust their budget from holiday shopping.

Building product company to bring new facility, jobs to Dillon County

A new company announced on Tuesday that it will bring its operations to Dillon County, along with 30 new jobs.

Surf shop becomes next business to leave Broadway at the Beach

Another business at Broadway at the Beach has closed its doors.

  New restaurant, CBD shop, boutiques coming to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach

Shops on Main in North Myrtle Beach will have seven buildings with restaurants, boutiques and even places for professional offices.

  Businesses in downtown Myrtle Beach see increase in sales this year

As 2019 comes to a close, businesses in downtown Myrtle Beach have reported an increase in sales for the year, and they only expect numbers to grow next year.

  Myrtle Beach realtors say all signs point to strong housing market in 2020

Myrtle Beach realtors say it’s been a strong and steady year for the housing market, and they expect those numbers to climb into next year.

  Horry County could soon welcome a new hemp processing facility in Socastee

Pure Assests LLC, the property owners listed for a vacant building at 3835 Socastee Boulevard want to transform the space into a hemp processing facility.

  Coastal Grand Mall to get ‘state-of-the-art’ trampoline park, new DICK’S Sporting Goods store

A new trampoline park is coming to Coastal Grand Mall.

  Deal Diva: Grand Strand discount store offers brand-name toys at discounted prices

A great toy selection, but the best part is the price.

Ocean Boulevard resort bought by finance group

The Sea Mist Resort is officially under new ownership.

  S.C. lawmaker proposes offering incentives to revamp empty malls

Representative Marvin Pendarvis believes there’s still a future for malls if they’re repurposed to serve the surrounding communities.

  With another record-breaking Cyber Monday predicted, experts share online shopping safety tips

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and this year’s Cyber Monday sales could be a record-breaking.

Black Friday: Here’s when major retailers open their doors

Find out when major retailers along the Grand Strand will open their doors.

Wild Water & Wheels not selling 2020 season passes

The park is located in Surfside Beach.

Popular Bubba’s Love Shak to move inside for the winter

The popular Murrells Inlet bar Bubba’s Love Shak will move inside following Thanksgiving.

Restaurant group bringing barbecue, ‘south of the border’ eateries to Surfside Beach

Dining and Design, the creators of Pizza Hyena in Surfside Beach, made the announcement Friday on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

  ‘We’ve been blessed’: Downtown Conway storefronts filling up, shop owners notice increase in business

Businesses and city leaders say they're on track to face a busy holiday season.

  S.C. Secretary of State suspends hundreds of charities, including in Horry County

During the holidays, it’s common for people to open up their wallets and give a little extra to those who are less fortunate. When it comes to charitable giving, South Carolina ranks in the top 10 across the nation, according to the S.C. Secretary of State.

  Deal Diva: Refinancing 101

It’s a basic restructure of your mortgage and refinancing happens for a variety of reasons.

  Local high-performing schools attracting homeowners to Horry County, CCAR says

Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors say there are many driving factors for why people are moving to the Myrtle Beach area.

  ‘Penguin Playhouse’ to open at Myrtle Beach Ripley’s Aquarium in early 2020

Officials with Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach announced Tuesday that Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse will open in early 2020.

Netflix announces it will crack down on password sharing in the future

Netflix is looking to crack down on sharing account passwords in the future.

UPS expansion in North Myrtle Beach to create over 50 new jobs

The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday that United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) is planning to expand operations in Horry County.