Stores and Shopping Trends plus Closings, 2021

Retail trends for shopping malls and other shopping areas
are changing the way we used to live.
going out of businbess closings and how we will shop in the future.

By: Patricia Blackstock

Endangered Malls, Flea Markets, Boutiques, Outlet Malls,
discount shopping and stores going out of business

By Patricia Blackstock

What is the future of shopping malls
in Myrtle Beach and the USA?

NEW Retail in 2021: What will stay the same and what will change? 11 predictions for trends that will shape the next 12 months.

Between 2021 and 2023, Macy stores are closing their doors. The closures are part of a previously announced plan by Macy's to shut 125 locations by 2023, which the retailer outlined last February.

11/5/2020 - More than 14,000 stores are closing in 2020 - a number that will surely rise. Red about it here at

Retail stores - A record 9,500 stores went out of business in 2019, which seemed massive — but as many as 25,000 could shut down permanently in 2020, mostly in malls, according to an estimate from Coresight Research. Read more here.

The Myrtle Beach Mall has been dying for years. J.C. Penney, Bath & Body Works andHallmark left it in the spring, their closures announced in January. Foot Locker closed in February. Three Justice stores, one at Coastal Grand Mall and both at each of the Grand Strand's Tanger Outlets, closed over the summer.

11/3/2020 - The future of Coastal Grand Mall is unknown. The company behind Myrtle Beach's largest mall — and other shopping centers in South Carolina has filed for bankruptcy. CBL Properties, which is based in Tennessee, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas federal court on Monday. Federal Courtbankruptcy allows a company to develop a reorganization plan and continue operations throughout with a stronger financial future. Read more here:

According to Forbes, more than 14,000 stores closing in 2020 and this number is rising..

We are still waiting to see what effect Coronavirus (COVID-19) will have on our local and chain stores. It's my personal opinion that in 10 years or less, shopping malls will be a thing of the past. The malls will become business oriented and used for such things as office space and individually owned small businesses. Or they will be demolished.

MoneyWise announces up to 1,200 store closings this year.

Empty malls. Closed stores. Will the coronavirus change the way be shop forever? The prognosis for restaurants and other retailers forced to close by the novel coronavirus outbreak is so bad they may never re-open. The economic pain - especially for laid-off workers - will be unprecedented, LA Times

If you like shopping, you need to head to your favorite stores as soon as the effects of Coronavirus allows. Endangered stores in 2020? Rite Aid, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Kmart, Pier 1, Forever 21, plus…. Ascena Retail group announced in 2019 that it would shutter the 544 stores in its discount Dress Bar brand by the end of the year, part of the New Jersey-based retailer's nearly 3,400 locations. Other brand names include Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor loft, Lane Bryant, Catherines plus the Justice 'tween brand.

I have lived in Myrtle Beach since 998 and I love to shop - just like you! Want to tell us your favorite place to shop? That "one of a kind" item you found? Please join the Myrtle Beach Message Board where you will find many others who love Myrtle Beach. But I have shopped them all! :-) I have no affiliation with any local stores - but

What's happening with all these closings?

2020 has not been kind to retail stores around the country, as the trend of accelerating store closings continues, according to a report by Yahoo! Finance. Then add in the changes and closings due to the virus (Coronavirus) starting in March 2020.

Feb. 2020 - After closing 125 stores, Macy's will have about 400 stores remaining. About 100 of those stores will get what Macy's calls "growth treatment" in 2020, which includes improvements to the physical store and investments in merchandising strategies, technology, talent and local marketing. Read more here

NEW The following stores will be closing this year

Retailers have confirmed at least 1,700 store closings for 2020 and are expecrted to close thousands more, following the record high rates of closings in 2019

More than 9,300 stores closed in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here's the full list

Retail Trends that will Transform the Industry in 2019 The Internet has made shopping even easier, cheaper and more convenient.

More than 9,300 retail stores closed in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on - here's the full list!

* April, 2019 There is real concern that stores and mall will become extinct as the declining numbers of vendors are unwilling to take vacant units. The future of shopping malls looks blesk in many ways. There really is not a lot to do in a mall other than get a little exercise and spend money. And today, the shopper's attention span is short. If you want to grab their attention, then online is the way to do this! It's easy to order online and have items delivered at home of work. Add in fear of crime, pickpockets, robberies and assaults, and you have a place thast holds no no attraction for a growing number of Americans. Read more here

* The "retail apocalypse" is not over. Thousands of stores were obliterated in 2018. Research firm CoStar says a record 145 million sq. ft. of retail space got emptied -- the same as shutting down the massive Pentagon 22 times over. And now, retailers are working on wiping more stores off the map in 2019. Here are 20 chains that are already closing stores this year, counting down to the retailer who may lose out in their U.S. locations.

Hundreds of Malls and mall stores have been shuttered in the last decade and many more will close in the next 10 years. One of the most recent chain stores to go down was jewelry chain Claire's which filed for bankruptcy in March. Sears also said Thursday it is closing 63 stores on top of 60 locations closed down last year. Learn more here


Overall, shopping in Myrtle Beach has been strong when you compare it to other cities of the same size. It is also one of the top reasons tourists visit Myrtle Beach - along with affordability, the beach, good weather, live entertainment shows, hundreds of restaurants, golf, sports and many other family attractionsl.

* Myrtle Beach Mall shut their doors indefinitely Friday, March 20th 2020 - Myrtle Beach Mall will close its doors Friday night for the foreseeable future. The closure iis being done "out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 crisis," mall officials said. The interior will close at 7 p.m. Friday and remain close until further notice. Upon its closure, mall management says a deep cleaning will commence; another deep cleaning will happen before the facility is reopened to the public. Exterior entrances from the parking lot to Belk, Bass Pro Shops, Books-a-Million, and JC Penney will remain open as long as those retailers continue to be open to the public.

* Local Ryan's Buffet. At least two Ryan in North Myrtle Beach is still open. s buffet restaurant locations in the Grand Strand have closed because the parent company filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

* Ulta's 2nd location is at Sayebrook Town Center. This is the shopping center where you will see Marshalls, Target, Rack Room, Ulta, and Kirkland. click the link to view them all!

* Stein Mart at Inlet Square (Murrells Inlet) is closed. Their new location is ner Kohl's in South Strand Commons (Hwy. 17 Bypass)

* Grand Strand Vendor Mall It is a small flea market, not what you would consider a "mall." It is located just off Kings Hwy. (off Farrow Parkway.) You'll find a good assortment of low-priced products, but unfortunately it can't hold a candle to Hudson's. However, this smaller flea market offers an AVON booth, glass engraving, book-trading, custom wig fitting and a surprisingly large area in the back tht includes Sugar Gliders, Hernit Crabs and more.

* Carolina Pottery is located in what used to be the old K-Mart building at 1403 N. Kings Hwy.

* The first Southern Living store in the USA has arrived at 3064 Howard Ave. in The Market Common! There is also a 2nd location at Broadway at the Beach.

2nd location at Broadway at the Beach

* Here's a list of all the stores to shop in The Market Common

Arcadian Commons is located across trom the stores at the 17 N. Outlet Mall. Here you'll find Marshall's, Ross Department store, Kirkland's and even a Wal-Mart! When I shopped at the large Kirkland's, I found some good bargains. The nice thing about this Kirkland's is that it is aa hugh store, and you can park your car right in front. Fabric Showcase has an exellent choice of fabrics, plus helpful employees. We covered our dining room chairs with some material we purchased there. You'll find a Coldstone Creamery and a huge Dollar Tree! Across the street from the Arcadian Commons you'll spot the popular Steak & Shake as well as the North Tanger Outlet Mall.

Barefoot Landing - Brefoot Landing offers many specialty shops carrying many items, factory stores, restaurants, entertainment and shows. You will also find coupons on the Barefoot Landing website!

Broadway at the Beach -This is the #1 shopping and enterteinment venue. You do not want to miss Broadway at the Beach when you visit Myrtle Beach! Specialty Shops, Boutiques and restaurants. A 23 acre lake is in thecenter of the "Villages" - Caribbean Village, Charleston Village, the New England Shopping Village, plus lots more.

Coastal Grand Mall opened in March, 2004, a joint venture between Myrtle Beach Burroughs & Chapin Company and CBL & Associates Properties of Tennessee. CBL is one of the largest mall developers in the U.S. Coastal Grand Mall is the largest mall in South Carolina. The anchor stores are Dillard, Sears, Belks and JCPenney. On the out-parcels you'll find Ulta, Books A Million , PetSmart, furniture stores and many restaurants including Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, Texas Roadhouse Grill, Red Robin, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Sticky Fingers, Cracker Barrel and more.

Hammock Shops at Pawleys Island - This is the birthplace of the world-famous hammocks with the Pawleys Island name branded on the structure. Many unusual shops sre loved by locals, including me! This is another shopping venue that, in my opinion, should not be missed by our Myrtle Beach visitors. (And you can enjoy genuine Southern cooking at any of the Hammock Shop restaurants. )

Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet (17 Business and Hwy. l7 Bypass) struggles to stay in business. Renovations have been completed. The mall looks almost new, with marble tile in soft gray and blue colors, plus lots of skylights. But they need some tenants! Visit Books-A-Million and Belk's. Note: K-Mart, JC Penney and SteinMart are closed at this location, and many other stores are closed. Frank Theatres and CineBowl in Inlet Square Mall are also closed. News article from Aug. 2018. The mall is transitioning into a  consignment locations with vendors offering consignment items

The Market Common is Myrtle Beach's upscale shopping district. Take in a movie at the Grand 14, the most popular movie theater at the beach. Links to stores, shopping and events. There is always something happening at The Market Common.

Myrtle Beach Mall - (formerly Colonial Mall and prior to that, Briarcliff Mall) Myrtle Beach Mall shuttering doors indefinitelyFriday, March 20th 2020. It is located just a few miles north, in North Myrtle Beach on US-17. Bass Pro Shop is located just ourside the mall. Belk, Bass Pro Shops, Books-a-Million, and JC Penney will remain open as long as those retailers continue to be open to the public.

Tanger Outlets arfe a major developer of off-price shopping. We have 2 outlets in Myrtle Beach . Tanger on Hwy 501 and Tanger Outlets North located on Hwy. 17 at Hwy. 22 (Conway Bypass.)These outlets are loved bt locals and tourists for the best prices on the brands we love.

More Good Shopping

Bed, Bath and Beyond, in Coastal Grand Mall
Burks Outlet - Surfside Beach
Chico's in Barefoot Landing, Tanger Outlet Center (north) and The Market Common
City Mac - Authorized Apple Service in The Market Common.
Coastal Grand Mall
Costco in Myrtle Beach
Dillard's Coastal Grand Mall
Funky Fringe Store Surfside Beach
Hamrick's Savings on brand names - Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach
Kohl's Across from the Surfside (Beaver Run Rd.) Wal-Mart near Lowe's Foods
Lazy Gator, Murrells Inlet
Lowe's Home Improvement several locations

Marshall's (2 locations) Arcadian Commons and Saybrook Town Center, off S.C. 544 at U.S. 17
Old Time Pottery Surfside, one block south of Hewy. 544, on your right.
PetSmart Pet Smart offers two locations: near Coastal Grand Mall and near Target S. Commons Dr
Petco Sayebrook Town Ctr. off at U.S. 17
Rooms to Go
Stein Mart - South Strand Commons (near Kohl's) and 76th Ave. N.
Ross in Seaboard Commons, Surfside Beach and Arcadian Commons
Sam's Warehouse Club, Myrtle Beach
Target - Seaboard Commons and Sayebrook Town Center, off S.C. 544 at US 17
TJ Maxx -Seaboard Commons, Myrtle Beach
Tomlinson Outlets - Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach
ULTA Beauty, Near Old Navy, just behind Coastal Grand Mall and at Sayebrook
World Market Seaboard Commons

Flea Markets, Bargain Stores and d Flea Markets

Find Bargains Savings, hundreds of vendors and stores (listed alphabetically.) Remember that most flea markets close earler than individual stores or malls. To be on the safe side, visit the Flea Markets early in the day. These vendors close up around 3 PM, so it's best to plan an early arrival.

Everything Under The Sun North Myrtle Beach 811 Hwy. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach 9 AM - 6 PM -Memorial Day - Labor Day

Carolina Forest Flea Market Open Thurs. Fri., Sat. & Sun. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Located on Hwy. 501 at the light, between Dollar General and Dick's Pawn

Goodwill Stores in Myrtle Beach. You will find some great bargains here!

Hudson's Flea Market
Located in Surfside Beach, just before you enter Garden City Beach, over 300 vendor spaces. Hudson's Flea Market is next to Wild Water.

Myrtle Beach Flea Market
Just north and across the highway from The Myrtle Beach State Park. Indoor vendors.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 2 locations: Carolina Forest at 100 Oakheart Rd. and Surfside Beach 17 Business,

Plato's Closet 1399 S. Common Dr. and a 2nd location on Beaver Run Road near the Surfside  Wal-Mart, catering to the younger crowd.

Consignment Shops and Boutiques - Because you never know until you look!

Coastal Home Makeover (Surfside Beach)  Consignment
Beach Bum's Thrift (North Myrtle Beach Consignment)
Consigning Women on Broadway (Myrtle Beach)
Upscale Resale - (North Myrtle Beach) Consignment
Funky Fresh Fringe (Surfside Vintage Store)
Finders Keepers - (Myrtle Beach) consignment
Konsignment Korner (Myrtle Beach Consignment)
Goodwill Stores(Grand Strand area)
Mother Goose (Myrtle Beach)
Children and Maternity re-sales
Once Upon a Child (Surfside Beach, in rhe same strip as Wwel-Mart (Beaver Run Rd.)
Consign at 5th (Surfside Consignment store
All About the Dress (Surfside Beach) bridal and formal consignments
Vintiques (Myrtle Beach - Vintage antiques and re-purposed items.
Clothes Mentor ( Myrtle Beach) Women's Reslae
Salvation Army Thrift Stores (all Grand S
trand locations)
You can also find thrift shops HERE!

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