No sooner than the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex was finished than work was well underway on a new shopping center in North Myrtle Beach. This is expected to be one of the largest shopping centers to be built in the city in recent years. More and more stores and restaurants are expressing an interest in opening a storefront there. The shopping center is being constructed on the former Robbers Roost Golf Course, which has been dormant since closing in 2003. It sits among several subdivisions near 11th Avenue North. Construction on the shopping center started October 2, 2013.
The new Coastal North Town Center will be a massive 348,000 square feet in size. It will include 10 restaurants and between 30 and 40 stores. Although leases for the restaurants have not been finalized this could be the location for the first Panera Bread in the area, as well as McAlister’s Deli, Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, and a Red Lobster.
This past fall it was announced that several stores including the Grand Strand’s first Hobby Lobby and Publix Super Market, as well as TJ Maxx, Ulta Beauty, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ross Dress for Less, Rack Room Shoes, PetSmart and Versona Accessories will be located in the new shopping center. This is the first location in the Grand Strand for Hobby Lobby, a Oklahoma-based arts and crafts store that has 565 locations across the country.
The area spokesman for the city of North Myrtle Beach, Pat Dowling, said the new shopping center will not only give residents on the north end of the Grand Strand more shopping options, but could lure shoppers from other parts of the area, too, because it will be the only location of the first Hobby Lobby and one of the area’s only two Publix stores. “It has brought in some new players to the community, which is good. People like variety,” Dowling said.
Completion of the new shopping center in North Myrtle Beach is expected to be late 2014.