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Coastal Grand could land JC Penney

JC Penney is looking at Coastal Grand Myrtle Beach mall as a possible site for a new building.

No lease has been signed, but the proposal is in front of Myrtle Beach's Community Appearance Board this week.

The plans call for a one-story, 105,008-square-foot store.

Representatives of Colonial Mall-Myrtle Beach and Inlet Square say their Penney locations will remain in the shopping centers.

Penney officials could not be reached about whether the store will have a Sephora, which is locating in many of the chain's larger stores.

As for the new location, Coastal Grand reps say they don't know anything about the proposal yet.

Tween appeal at Broadway

Several stores will be opening at Broadway at the Beach in the next few weeks:

Club Libby Lu, a tween-oriented retailer, will open its first S.C. store Monday at the Charleston Boardwalk area, just down from the Key West Grill. The store's concept is unique for this area - interactive exhibits and shopping.

Customers, usually girls ages 6 to 12, can dress up like princesses or rock stars; get their hair done; mix perfumes, lotions and body scrubs; create stuffed dogs in the Pooch Parlor; or get their ears pierced.

Club Libby Lu operates 87 mall-based locations nationwide, including three in North Carolina - two in Charlotte and one in Greensboro. Visit www.clublibbylu.com for information.

Department 56 is holding its grand opening next Thursday in the New England Fishing Village East area of Broadway, opposite Build-A-Bear Workshop. The store sells collectibles, giftware and seasonal decorations.

Lewis Furniture closes out

Lewis Furniture is having major sales as it prepares to close its two S.C. locations.

The chain has a third store in North Carolina, which will remain open.

The store in Myrtle Beach on U.S. 501 will close around March 20, and a business will open there in April. Furniture and other items are discounted 40 percent to 70 percent.

In other retail news:

Jammin' Leather is moving out of its U.S. 501 store. A new building is going up in Surfside Beach on U.S. 17 Business. No opening date has been announced.

Kohl's will begin to exclusively sell Polo Ralph Lauren's Chaps Home collection in May. The collection will initially feature fashion bedding, sheets, towels and bath rugs, and will be designed by Polo Ralph Lauren and manufactured by Kohl's.

Reids Jewelers at Coastal Grand has launched a new high-end line of sterling silver jewelry called Slane & Slane. The line is named after two sisters of High Point, N.C.

Nike says it will begin selling a "high-performance" $35 sneaker at Payless Shoes.

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