Old Navy is testing the waters for a retail store location inside Coastal Grand Myrtle Beach mall.
The company has asked Myrtle Beach's Community Appearance Board to review conceptual plans for changes to the mall's exterior. That means the Old Navy retail store would be located within the mall.
Where is there enough room for an Old Navy in the current setup? Perhaps at the location of Jos. A. Bank, which plans to move to the store formerly occupied by Klig's Kites.
Coastal Grand reps say they can't comment on potential tenants until the lease signing.
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Old Navy already has a discount store at Tanger Outlets on U.S. 17, but the closest Old Navy retail stores are in Florence and Wilmington, N.C.
Also a possibility at the Coastal Grand site: Ulta Cosmetics. The chain of nearly 200 U.S. stores sells cosmetics, fragrances, skin care, hair care and other related products. Ulta stores often have a salon for hair and spa treatments.
The company has asked the Community Appearance Board to allow it to build a one-story, 10,000-square-foot building at 710 Coastal Grand Circle.
Ulta's closest store locations are Mount Pleasant and Wilmington.
New Ace Hardware in MB
Ace Hardware has opened its newest store at 7737 N. Kings Highway in Northwood Plaza in Myrtle Beach.
The store was designed to meet the project needs of resident-homeowners who are initiating home improvements, and of seasonal visitors, according to the company.
The 15,000-square-foot store is part of 2 million square feet of new retail space that Ace is opening this year.
The new Myrtle Beach store will carry roughly 29,000 products, including paint, lawn and garden, seasonal items, plumbing and electrical rentals.
The store will employ about 20 people.
While the store has been open since March 28, Ace Hardware will hold its grand opening event Saturday.
The store's hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
In other Grand Strand retail news:
Discount retailer Marshalls is adding a "Shoe Megashop" to its Arcadian Commons location. The 5,000-square-foot expanded shoe department will be open April 19 at 10816 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach.
Brunswick County, N.C., boutique Chloe & Lola will hold its grand opening event April 12. The red-carpet event, which will raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, starts at 6 p.m. For information, visit www.chloeandlola.com.
Two Palms Home Accents opened Sunday at Colonial Mall-Myrtle Beach. The store, between Books-A-Million and the ladies' Belk store, carries small furniture items, lamps, tapestries, framed art work, vases, mirrors, folding screens and home decor.