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Coastal Grand retailers make some changes

Look for changes in Coastal Grand Myrtle Beach retail stores near the Food Court.

Claire's in Coastal Grand is doubling its space near the movie theater to 2,000 square feet. The chain is taking over the space of the next tenant, which in the past has been a florist, a magic shop and, most recently, the holiday location of Vanity.

The Klig's Kite store in Coastal Grand has closed, and JoS. A. Bank will move into its former location in the Food Court. JoS. A. Bank will move from its 4,000-square-foot store in the restaurant district to the 5,147-square-foot store near the mall's main entrance.

No word on what tenant will replace JoS. A. Bank,

but mall spokeswoman Deb Bramlett said they're in talks with a company to take over that space.

Swamp Fox Peddlers

A new strip mall a mile north of Brookgreen Gardens is drawing some unique merchants.

The Swamp Fox Peddlers Market is a 13-store strip mall with five tenants so far.

Backyard Birds of Murrells Inlet opened there in October, selling bird-enthusiast items, such as seed, feeders and houses. Birding, the No. 2 hobby in America behind gardening, is proving popular among Strand residents, said owner Tim Clos.

Also in the center are the Beach Home Decor Store, eyeglass seller Frames USA, coffee bar and specialty beer seller Blackwater Brew, and Cakes by Design, which sells fresh bread and baked goods, plus special-order wedding cakes.

In with the new

An Eagles Beachwear store damaged by fire last year and the neighboring Sugami North have been demolished on U.S. 17 on Restaurant Row.

A new strip mall of office and retail space will go up in its place, called Waterway Village, although tenants haven't been announced.

The cause of the fire at Eagles at 9715 N. Kings Highway was never determined.

In Grand Strand retail news:

Children's apparel store Anything Joe's is remodeling its Barefoot Landing store.

Colonial Mall-Myrtle Beach is building a new entrance between J.C. Penney Co. and Bass Pro Shops. The pedestrian entrance, as it's called because customers don't have to walk through stores to enter the mall, should be completed within a couple months, mall General Manager Joe Perl said.

Greyhounds Crossroads is holding an event for greyhounds, owners and potential owners to gather at Barefoot Landing on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Five greyhounds in need of adoption will be on site, and information about the organization will be available. Donations are welcome. Get more information at greyhound crossroads.com or call Cyndi at 602-7367.

Tanger Outlets is offering a bargain hunting program for AAA members throughout 2007. Each time a member visits a different Tanger Outlet Center in 2007 and shows a AAA card, the center will provide a free $5 Tanger gift card. Visit customer service or the management office for details.

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