If you've never been shopping in the Myrtle Beach area, you're missing out. And if you haven't been shopping along the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coast known as the Grand Strand lately, you're missing a lot of new and exciting additions to the local retail lineup. Just as Myrtle Beach continues to grow in popularity as a vacation destination, so does the Strand's selection of shopping options for visitors who enjoy a little retail therapy to go with their relaxing Myrtle Beach getaway.
Featuring a number of modern malls (Coastal Grand, Inlet Square and Myrtle Beach malls), multi-purpose complexes (Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and The Market Common) and retail centers (Coastal North Town Center, The Hammock Shops Village and two Tanger Outlet complexes), the Grand Strand is like one big strip mall that parallels the coast. As that 60-mile-long strip mall keeps growing, here are some of Breakers Resort's favorite recent additions to our guests' shopping lists:
* H&M: This is the biggest national retailer to expand to the Grand Strand in the past year, and savvy shoppers are filing into Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach to check it out. Offering an array of apparel, accessories, footwear, cosmetics and more, H&M features a wide selection of styles to cater to a broad range of customers. H&M occupies more than 20,000 square feet filled with good deals and the latest styles. Other recent additions at Coastal Grand Mall include rue21 and Fun Wear.
* Barefoot Landing: As if this popular North Myrtle Beach shopping, dining and entertainment complex weren't already big enough, management recently announced a massive expansion project that will add more than 70,000 square feet of building space in 2017. Much of it will be dedicated to more retail space for shoppers who enjoy the scenery of the Intracoastal Waterway, along which the expansion will take place. Preliminary plans call for transforming the waterway side into an attraction similar to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk so visitors can stroll along the waterfront while they hunt for bargains.
* Broadway at the Beach: This popular Myrtle Beach multi-purpose complex saw a massive overhaul in 2016, although most of the changes involved restaurants and nightlife hot spots. In addition to the welcoming of the Queen of Southern Cuisine Paula Deen's new restaurant, Broadway also opened her cookware store for folks who wish to try to make her dishes at home. Other recent retail additions include the Master’s Editions Fine Art Gallery, Hollywood Heroes & Villains, Pick A Pearl and Tech Stop.
* The Market Common: The freshest addition to this urban retail village is the Farmer’s Market on Deville Street, an open-air row of vendors selling everything from produce to jewelry on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other new establishments include The Brass Tap, which doubles as a bar and a retail store for beer lovers, and Black Dog Running Company, a local athletic footwear shop that is popular among the runners who jog around Grand Park at The Market Common. Perhaps the biggest news is still to be announced. The Piggly Wiggly grocery store is closing in October, and The Market Common is abuzz about what store might fill the valuable vacancy. Stay tuned for more details.
Breakers Myrtle Beach Resort guests can also do some shopping by foot at local stores, boutiques and gift shops. Take a short stroll down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk to the shops along Ocean Boulevard in the downtown district, or head a couple of blocks inland to some of the clothiers, beachwear stores and gift shops. Whether you are coming to enjoy the beach, pools and amenities at the resort or to squeeze in a little shopping during your stay, the Breakers Resort truly is the most comfortable place to land when you shop until you drop.