Best Shopping in the Myrtle Beach, S.C. area
Where to Shop in the Grand Strand...
from a local
By Patricia Blackstock
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Best shopping at local stores, flea markets, malls, consignment shops, boutiques,
thrift shops - plus
*current shopping trends

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Whether you're looking for the best malls, shopping centers, specialty stores, boutiques, flea markets, consignment, The Market Common upscale shopping, or browsing the various stores in Myrtle Beach, here's a list of my favorite places to shop. I have lived in Myrtle Beach since 1997 and I love to shop here, just like you! Want to tell us your favorite places to shop? Where did you find that one-of-a-kind item on sale? Please join the Myrtle Beach Forum where you'll find a shopping topic

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


* Shifting Landscape: Retail success in 2018 will be about how well retailers adapt to the changing market around them and the evolution of their customers’ needs. To stay relevant in the future, evolving well will be the key to success. Chatbots, facial recognition technology, image recognition, robotics and more will offer opportunities this year. Retailers have a significant amount of data to power AI and deliver personalized, customized and localized experiences to surprise and delight customers. More data beats better algorithms every time, and retailers continue to generate significant amounts of data both online and offline. Retailers should focus on small wins as opposed to big elephants. 2017 was the year of digital discovery; 2018 will be the year of technology and more integration of it into mainstream retail. It will be the year where we see retailers create new operating models that are less focused on their store vs. the web and more focused on creating experiences that give customers more control and convenient ways to shop. See more here

* 11/3/17 Money expert Clarck Howard: 63 more Sears and K-Marts closing in Jan. 2018. Plus why you dont want to buy Gift Cards for Christmas...and more!

* 9/13/17 Ailing mall-based chains closing 50+ stores...and more from Clark Howard

* 7/9/17 TIME Magazine "Why the Death of Malls Is About More Than Shopping"

* 8/17/17 Brick and mortar retail sotres are having a meltdown...

*5/18/17 Department stores have lost more employees than the coal mines. "The traditional mall as we know it is doomed," said according to Greg Portell, a retail consultant at A.T. Kearney. "When was the last time a mall closesd that people missed, other than the people who worked there?" See for more

*March, 2017 “Department stores are in a death spiral,” said Brad Tuttle of On the whole, American retailers enjoyed a strong holiday shopping season, but it “appears to have been fairly awful” for department stores, which used to dominate the sales tallies. Macy’s announced last week that it will lay off some 10,000 employees this year and shutter 100 stores; Sears said it will close 78 Kmart stores and 26 flag- ship retail locations this spring. None of this should come as a surprise. There is no magic formula that traditional retailers can use to reverse trends that have been years in the making.” Americans spent a record $91.7 billion online during the holidays, up 11 percent over 2015. It used to be that department stores could rely on last-minute holiday shoppers to boost their business, but online retailers have taken away even that advantage by vastly improving the speed and reliability of holiday deliveries. The shoppers who do still frequest brick - and-mortar locations now favor discount chains like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, or fashion apparel stores like H&M, Forever 21 and Zara. The retail landscape has utterly changed over the past decade. And basedf on how they did in 2016, department stores have no idea how to adapt.

* Get ready! It's our shopping future! Amazon purchased Whole Foods in June, 2917. It will change how you purchase your food forever! Read more from USA Today

*March, 2017 - Is your JC Penney closing? It looks like our Coastal Grand Mall as well as Myrtle Beach Nall locations will remain open, at least for now. Here's the complete list of JC Penney closings.

* Kirkland's home decor and gift store has opened in Sayebrook Town Center. Kirkland's closed its store in Coastal Grand Mall in Jan. 2015 after declining to renew its lease, but the store at the Arcadian Shores Common remains open. There is another Kirkland's at Sayebrook Town Center.

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

* Ulta's 2nd location is at Sayebrook Town Center. This is the shopping center where you'll also find Marshalls, Target, Rack Room and Kirklands. Click the link to view them all.

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

* Grand Strand Vendor Mall is a small flea market, not what you would consider a "mall." It is located off Kings Hwy. 17 just south of Farrow Parkway.You'll find a good assortment of low-end products, but unfortunately it can't hold a candle to Hudson's. However, this smaller vendor mall features Avon outlet prices, glass engraving, book-trading, custom wig-fitting and a surprisingly large pet shop ares which includes Sugar Gliders, Hermit Crabs and much more.

* Both local K-Marts are closed.

* Carolina Pottery is open in the old K-Mart building at 1403 N. Kings Hwy.

* Tommy Bahama Outlet -  Tanger Outlet Mall, 17 North (north end location)

* The first Southern Living store in the nation is now open at 3064 Howard Ave. in The Market Common. Southern Living also opened a 2nd Myrtle Beach location at Broadway at the Beach

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

What big stores are closing?

Arcadian Commons is located across from the Tanger Outlet stores on 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 a huge store, and you can park your car right in front. Fabric Showcase has an extensive choice of fabrics, and very helpful employees. We covered our dining room chair seats with material we purchased there.  You'll find a Coldstone Creamery and a huge Dollar Tree! Across the street from Arcadian Commons, you'll spot the popular Steak & Shake as well as the North Tanger Outlet Mall.

Barefoot Landing - Barefoot Landing has an impressive array of shops offering specialty items, factory stores, restaurants, entertainment and shows. You will also find coupons on the Barefoot Landing website!

Broadway at the Beach - This the #1 shopping and entertainment 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 surrounds the "Villages" - Caribbean Village, Charleston Village, and the New England Fishing Village. View my photos here.

Coastal Grand Mall opened in March, 2004 as 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 US. 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,s everal 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.

Myrtle Beach has always held strong statistics for shopping. (It ranks as the #3 reason people visit us.) So in spite of the dire warnings we see about nationwide retail stores, the Grand Strand remains a vibrant shopping area.

Hammock Shops at Pawleys Island - This is the birthplace of the Hammock. Many unusual shops are loved by the 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 pf the Hammock Shop restaurants)

Inlet Square Mall,  Murrells Inlet at Hwy. 17 Business and Hwy. l7 Bypass struggles to stay in business. Renovations were completed in August, 2010. The mall looks new, with \marble tile in soft gray and blue colors, plus a lot of skyllights. But they need new tenants! Visit Books-A-Million and Belk.  Note: K-Mart, JC Penney and SteinMart are closed and the store sites remain empty. Frank Theatres and CineBowl in Inlet Square Mall have also closed

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

Myrtle Beach Mall - (formerly Colonial Mall, and prior to that, Briarcliff Mall) offers over 90 stores, including Belk and JCPenney. It is locateda few miles north in North Myrtle Beach on US-17. Bass Pro Shop is located just outside the mall.

Tanger Outlet are a major developer of off-store pricing outlets. 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 by yourists and locals 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, products, toys and games 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 Wal-Mart, near Lowe's Foods Surfside Beach
Lazy Gator, Murrells Inlet
Lowe's Home Improvement - several locations
Marshall's (2 locations) Arcadian Commons and Sayebrook Town Center, off S.C. 544 at U.S. 17
Old Time Pottery Surfside Beach, 1 block south of Hwy 544 on your right.
PetSmart Pet Smart offers two locations: near Coastal Grand M all, and near Target S. Commons Dr
Petco Sayebrook Town Center, off 544 at U.S. 17
Rooms to Go Coastal  Grand Malll
Stein Mart - South Strand Commons (near Kohl's) and 76th Ave. North
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 Thrift Stores

Find Bargains Savings, hundreds of vendors and stores (listed alphabetically.) Remember that most Flea Markets close earlier than individual stores or malls. To be on the safe side, visit the Flea Markets early in the day. The vendors usually begin to close 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 Jwy. 501 at the light, between Dollar General and Dick's Pawn

Goodwill Stores in Myrtle Beach. You can find some greaty bargains here.

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

Myrtle Beach Flea Market
Center South Shopping Center - just north, and across the street from the Myrtle Beach State Park

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Near Carolina Forest at 2100 Oakheart Rd.

Plato's Closet 1399 S, Common Dr. - caters to the young 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)
Twice as Nice (Dick Pond Rd. Myrtle Beach) Consignment
Awesome Consignment Center (Myrtle Beach)
Mother Goose (Myrtle Beach)
Children and Maternity re-sales
Once Upon a Child (Surfside Beach near Wal-Mart)
Consign at 5th (Surfside Consignment store)
All About the Dress (Surfside Beach) brkidal and formal consignment
Vintiques (Myrtle Beach - Vintage Antiques and Re-purposed items)
Clothes Mentor (Myrtle Beach) Women's Resale
Salvation Army Thrift Stores (all Grand Strand locations)
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