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Future trends for shopping Malls and Retail Business in 2020
written by a local - Patricia Blackstock

Endangered stores, flea markets, boutiques, outlet malls and
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By Patricia Blackstock

What is the future for Malls, Boutiques, Outlets, and Thrift Stores?

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We are all waiting to see the 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 be business-oriented and used for such things as office space and individually owned small spaces. Or they will be demolished.

Empty malls. Closed stores. Will coronavirus forever change how we shop?The prognosis for restaurants and other retailers forced to close by the novel coronavirus outbreak is so grim that many are expected to skip rent payments April 1. Many may never reopen. The economic pain — especially for laid-off workers - will be unprecedented, LA Times

More than 3,000 stores are closing in 2020 as the retail apocalypse drags on. Here's the full list. Retailers are closing thousands of stores in 2020. GameStop, Sears, Earth Fare, Forever 21, and Walgreen are among the retailers planning to close stores this year.

If you like shopping, you need to head out to your nearest location as soon as the effects of Coronavirus allows. Endangered stores 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 Barn brand by the end of the year, part of the New Jersey-based retailer's nearly 3,400 locations. Its other brands include Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor loft, Lane Bryant, Catherines and the Justice 'tween brand.

I have lived in Myrtle Beach since 1998, 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.

I have no affiliation with any of these local stores, but I have shopped them all. :-)

What's happening with all these closings?

April, 2020 - The prognosis for restaurants and other retailers forced to close by the coronavirus outbreak is so grim that many are expected to skip rent payments. Many may never reopen. The economic pain — especially for laid-off workers — will be unprecedented. With the federal government considering industry bailouts, the International Council of Shopping Centers which represents U.S. operators of malls, outlet centers, and shopping centers has asked the Trump administration for aid. 

The new year of 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 - 2020

Retailers have confirmed at least 1,700 store closings for 2020 and are expected 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 more stores and malls will become extinct as the declining numbers of vendors are unwilling to take vacant units. The future of shopping malls looks bleak 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 that holds 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 the most U.S. locations.

Hundreds of Malls and mall stores have been shuttered in the last decade and 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 campare 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 restaureants, golf, sports and many other family attrctions.

* Myrtle Beach Mall shuttering doors indefinitely Friday, March 20th 2020 - Myrtle Beach Mall will close its doors Friday night for the foreseeable future. The closure is 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 into 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's buffet restaurant locations in the Grand Strand have closed because the parent company filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (The Ryan's in North Myrtlke Beach is still open.)

* 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 locations is near Kohl's in South Strand Commons (Hwy. 17 Bypass)

* Grand Strand Vendor Mall It is a small flea market, not what you might 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 that 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 nation 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 inThe 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 - Barefoot Landing offers any 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 and 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 Hammock. 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, olus 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 is also closed. News article from Aug. 2018. The mall is transitioning into a  consignment location 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 are 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.
Costco in Myrtle Beach
Dillard's Coastal Grand Mall
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
Coastal Grand Mall
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 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 - Closed Tuesday

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 can find some good 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 Resale
Salvation Army Thrift Stores (all Grand S
trand locations)
You can also find thrift shops HERE!

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