Developers have begun the search for tenants for a shopping center in North Myrtle Beach, an announcement which comes as another major shopping center is currently under construction on the north end.
Scott Williamson, vice president of Fletcher Bright, said his company is hoping to attract retailers not already in the area to a new shopping center called Champions Crossing, an 80-acre facility that will rise off of Robert Edge Parkway near the new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex and Park.
Plans for the center show 15 retail spaces totaling nearly 250,000 square feet plus 37,350 square feet for restaurants. Development labeled as “Phase 2” includes a 128,000-square-foot big-box store, but Williamson said that Phase 2 may be developed at the same time as the other property.
North Myrtle Beach City Councilman Bob Cavanaugh said he’s hoping to see stores such as Target and Kohl’s in the center as visitors and residents now must travel to Myrtle Beach to shop at those stores.
Because of its location between S.C. 31 and S.C. 90, Williamson hopes Champions Crossing will draw a more regional audience than the other new shopping center coming to North Myrtle Beach.
Coastal North Town Center, located on U.S. 17 Business on the former Robber’s Roost golf course site, is currently under construction with plans to open late fall or early winter of this year.
The 368,000-square-foot shopping center will have between 30-40 businesses and will be home to the area’s first Publix Food Market and Hobby Lobby as well as restaurants such as Panera Bread, McAlister’s Deli, Red Lobster and Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits.
Williamson said he probably won’t be able to announce tenants at Champions Crossing until late this year and that once the tenants are set, it could be another 18 months before the center opens.