MYRTLE BEACH — The owner of a cart that will sell sandwiches and boiled peanuts will soon take his spot on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk after the City Council awarded him a three-year vendor contract last week.
Trevor Gore will begin his contract May 1 for his business, Heaven in a Bun, selling food to passers-by at Third Avenue North on the boardwalk.
“I wanted to have a family business,” Gore said, who is running the business with his wife and three children, ages 16, 14 and 11. “All of us will be working the cart this summer.”
The contract became available when ice cream vendor Brain Freeze backed out of its contract, with the owner saying he had trouble keeping his product cold enough.
Gore was one of five vendors vying for the contract. Other vendors proposed selling items ranging from snow cones to gemstones at a Feb. 12 council meeting.
Council was supposed to make a decision on the vendor that day, but chose to postpone the decision until Feb. 26, and said they hoped a wider variety of proposals were submitted.
Council members stressed the importance of having a vendor that sold something different than what already was available at Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues. Other products included Italian ice, hot dogs and lemonade.
At the Feb. 12 council meeting, Gore changed his initial proposal from selling hot dogs to selling the sandwiches and boiled peanuts.
“I think we just want to try to provide a little variety so that people [are able to] get the boardwalk, festival experience,” said Councilman Michael Chestnut. “So we wanted to try to offer a little variety. I mean, where can you go and get boiled peanuts? It’s hard to find boiled peanuts if you’re not at a [baseball] game.”
All boardwalk vendors must operate between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. and may not leave their carts unattended overnight.
Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.