Waccamaw Pottery welcomes new business

Published: May. 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The old Waccamaw Pottery development near Fantasy Harbour is getting ready to welcome its first new business in years. It's a nightclub the shopping center's leasing agent says should bring more life back to the area.

Leasing agent Alan Wizman says the nightclub is called Block Party and it should open within a few weeks on the side of the building closest to The Boathouse.

The group of investors behind Block Party says the nightclub will be interactive, using technology to connect partiers in Myrtle Beach with others in hotspots like Miami.

Tuesday inspectors from the Department of Health and Environmental Control along with representatives from Horry County Fire Rescue gave the nightclub a once over. Managers say they'll wrap up the last-minute preparations soon.

Wizman says Block Party's scheduled opening is just the beginning of the efforts to revitalize Waccamaw Pottery. He says he's already working with some retailers to fill space at the shopping center.

People who live and work in the Fantasy Harbour area want to see that happen as soon as possible. They say they're tired of looking at the eyesore.

"It looks plain and you don't want to look at. It needs work done," said Stacey Todd.

Gwenn Bennett works at a barbershop across the street from Waccamaw Pottery. She remembers the area when it was bustling.

"I saw Waccamaw in its heyday when it was lots of shops and very busy and I mean people would travel here just to come shop at Waccamaw," said Bennett.

Now Bennett hopes the plan to welcome new businesses will help stylists at The Corner Barbershop.

According to Wizman the people who run the shopping center are figuring out how much to renovate the property. He doesn't expect the development to reach its full potential for a few years.

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