Myrtle Beach shopping features big
box stores, boutiques, malls, and Tanger Outlets.
Whether you’re coming to Myrtle Beach to live or to play,
you’ll eventually find yourself gravitated to the many stores here. For
residents it’s good to know where the grocery stores and DIY stores are located
near you. Vacationers want to know where to find fun beachwear and gifts to
take home, and everybody will want to check out the local farmers markets where you can buy fresh produce, baked goods, candles, jewelry, and other craft items.
There are two Target boutiques in town, a Costco, a Sam’s
Club, a World Market, a Michael’s crafts store, and Home Goods. There’s a Hobby
Lobby in North Myrtle Beach, and from the Brunswick Islands to Georgetown there
are six Lowes Home Improvement stores and four Home Depots. There are four Ross
Dress for Less stores, two Marshals Department stores, TJ Max, Hamrick’s, Kohls
– well, you get the idea.
Coastal Grand Mall is the biggest and newest mall located on
17 Bypass just west of U. S. Highway 501. It and Myrtle Beach Mall (formerly
Colonial Mall) on North Kings Highway (which is also U. S. Highway 17 North)
near Briarcliffe Acres are the only two climate controlled malls in the area. They
both feature big box department stores, food courts, and smaller chain stores
with popular brands. H & M is located in Coastal Grand Mall. Bass Pro Shop
and Hallmark are both located at Myrtle Beach Mall.
With our mild weather, many newer malls are being built as open air town centers which saves mall owners the cost of heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Market Common on Farrow Parkway south of the airport is a new urbanism shopping and residential center based on the design of a traditional downtown city street. Numerous stores and restaurants line the streets including Crepe Creation Café, P. F. Chang’s, Victoria’s Secret, and Barnes & Noble. Surrounding the commercial center are parks, walking paths, and residential neighborhoods.
In North Myrtle Beach you’ll find Coastal North Town Center,
the area’s newest shopping plaza, located at 1502 U. S. Highway 17 North. Ross
Dress for Less, Chico’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby and Publix are all
located here. The center is growing with more stores being added almost daily.
Between 21st and 29th Streets North is
Broadway at the Beach featuring acres of attractions, shopping, and
entertainment surrounding a man-made lake spanned by bridges and boardwalks. There
are dozens of boutiques and well-known brand name stores such as Rack Room Shoes
and Yankee Candle. Attractions include Ripley’s Aquarium and Wonder Works. At Boardwalk
Winery you can taste the wine that is made there. It is one of only a handful working
wineries in South Carolina.
At 4898 U. S. Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach is
Barefoot Landing, another boardwalk and bridges shopping and entertainment
center. Here you’ll find two more working wineries, Duplin Wine Cellars and Carolina
Vineyards, both open for tours and tastings. There’s also Barefoot General
Store, the Christmas Mouse, and one of the area’s iconic gift shops, The Mole
Hole. You’ll find live entertainment here in the form of Alabama Theatre and
the House of Blues, and Alligator Adventure and T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation
Station brings you up close and personal with wildlife.
There are two Tanger Outlet locations, one in Carolina Forest just north of Carolina Bays Parkway on U. S. Highway 501 North and one at 10835 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach near Briarcliffe Acres where Veterans Parkway begins.
Each of the outlet locations has over 100 stores with
popular brands like Coach, Dress Barn, Loft, Sketchers, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine
West, and Forever 21. Food options at both locations are slim, but there will
soon be a Ben & Jerry’s at North Kings Highway, and the Carolina Forest
location has Highway 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries, a fun 50s-themed restaurant.
Even with all these malls, stores, outlets, and town
centers, it doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of all the retail therapy there is
on the Grand Strand. Dozens of mom and pop stores can be found throughout the
area. Some of them are long-established retailers that have been
instrumental in helping to develop the Grand Strand business climate. For instance, Foxy Lady on North Kings Highway has been dressing Myrtle Beach women since 1972, and the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove in downtown Myrtle Beach has been selling everything beachy from sharks’ teeth to seashells since 1946.
As the metro area grows, so do the shopping choices. More big box and chain stores are moving to Myrtle Beach all the time and there are increased opportunities for local small businesses to emerge.
If you hear of something new opening in the area, please contact us or let us know in the comments box below. We’ll keep a look out as well.
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