New Walmart Neighborhood market raises traffic concerns

Published: Mar. 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Grand Stand is getting its first Walmart Neighborhood Market Place, which will only sell items typically found in grocery stores.

The new Walmart is currently being built on Business Highway 17, right across from the Ocean Lakes Campground. This new addition might make life easier for the vacationers, although some people do have concerns about safety while crossing the street, especially those who see golf carts on the busy road regularly during tourist season.

Bobby Buchanan works at Surfside Golf Car Rental Inc. on Business Highway 17. He says they always explain the rules and regulations when it comes to renting a golf cart. He also tells them South Carolina golf cart road laws.

"Be wary of crossing 17," Buchanan said. "They are only allowed on secondary roads like Ocean Boulevard and Frontage roads. They can cross 17, but it's safer to do at a stop light."

Buchanan also said that even though it's illegal, he sees people finding a way to drive on the busy road.

"You'll see them driving up and down 17 all the time, even though they're not supposed to," Buchanan added. "They will drive on the grass but there is still traffic."

Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz said there are plans in the works for an asphalt walkway leading to the new Walmart Neighborhood Market Place specifically for people that want to walk or drive their golf carts over. As of now, there is a traffic signal at the closest intersection to the Market Place. The signal is where 544 meets Business Highway 17. Horry County Spokeswoman says right now, there are no crosswalk requirements, but if there is a need for them to be put in, SCDOT will be responsible for doing so.

To drive a golf cart in South Carolina you need a permit, proof of insurance, and a license to drive a golf cart. As of last year, you can only drive one during daylight hours on roads that are 35 mph or less and only within four miles of registration. Golf carts are only allowed to cross busy roads at stop lights or crosswalks.

This new Walmart Market Place will give Myrtle Beach up to 100 new jobs. You can apply online at or in person at the Walmart Hiring Center located at 2156 Business Highway 17 in Garden City, SC. The phone number there is (843)-651-2899. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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