MYRTLE BEACH — An outdoors store, an art gallery and a live community theater group are joining the lineup at The Market Common, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Myrtle Beach this month.
A flurry of changes is taking place with the busy summer tourist season around the corner, with two clothing stores leaving the center, several new tenants moving in and existing tenants relocating to new spaces.
Among the changes:
• In the past week, Brooks Brothers and Banana Republic have closed. Both of those spots off the main road through the shopping center, Howard Avenue, are getting new tenants.
• Coastal Urge -- an outdoors apparel and equipment store that opened its first store six years ago in Wilmington, N.C. -- will open next month in the former Brooks Brothers spot next to Victoria’s Secret with plans to demo merchandise on the lake and trails at nearby Grand Park.
• CityMac Apple Specialist store, which operates on Deville Street, plans to move into the former Banana Republic spot in time for the summer, said Hatton Gravely, spokeswoman for The Market Common.
• Seacoast Artists Gallery opened last week on Nevers Street and sells creations from more than 60 area artists.
• Stage Left Theatre Co., which had been having performances in the Historical Cooper House in Socastee, is moving to 3064 Deville Street.
• Yoga in Common, which operates off Deville Street, is moving to a larger space at the corner of Deville Street and Nevers Street, behind Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant. The move gives Yoga in Common three times more space than its current location, and it will be offering more classes and expanding the lines of eco-friendly clothing and products.
“It’s very exciting for The Market Common to have all these new tenants,” Gravely said. “Every year The Market Common has grown both in foot traffic and new stores coming in. We’re just continuing to grow.”
Coastal Urge sells clothing, shoes and swimsuits with brands such as Patagonia, vitamin A, The North Face and Southern Tide, as well as outdoor equipment such as bicycles and standup paddleboards.
Customers will be able to try out the equipment in the nearby park, said Jeoffrey Nathan, who owns Coastal Urge along with his wife Catherine. The Myrtle Beach store plans to open in late May and will be the company’s third location; the others are in Wilmington and Bald Head Island, N.C.
Orvis, another outdoors store at The Market Common, also frequently uses Grand Park to demo some of its fishing gear.
This is Coastal Urge’s first store in South Carolina, lured here by the 14 million tourists who visit the Grand Strand each year, Nathan said.
“We understand how important tourists are,” Nathan said, citing the company’s experience in Wilmington.
Hiring has begun for the new store, including a general manager, sales associates and seasonal bicycle mechanics. Jobseekers can get details on the positions and apply online at www.coastalurge.com/jobs.
Nathan also plans to start a Myrtle Beach chapter of SUP Cleanup: Stand Up for a Clean Ocean, a non-profit with 27 chapters that organize monthly cleanups.
The Market Common, an anchor on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base that debuted in April 2008, also has new directional and entryway signs to start the summer, with crews installing the last of them last month.
Some of the center’s most popular events also are about to start for the season. The Deville Street Farmers Market opens May 4 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through October.
Movies Under the Stars, which started in 2011 and expanded last year, will take place in Valor Park every Wednesday in June, July and August. New this year: Nacho Hippo will sell nachos in the park for the movie, Gravely said.
The Market Common aims to continue to grow during its next five years, Gravely said. The shopping complex has about 45 stores, restaurants and attractions, including Grand 14 Cinema, Barnes & Noble, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar and store, Pottery Barn and Piggly Wiggly.
“Build on Market Common being a community center for the locals and an attraction for visitors to the Myrtle Beach area,” she said.
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