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Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach could get 2 new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores

Rendering of the proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market that could be built at the Village Square Shopping Center on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The store is one of two being considered by the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board.
Rendering of the proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market that could be built at the Village Square Shopping Center on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The store is one of two being considered by the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board. Submitted rendering

Myrtle Beach could be getting two new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores along Kings Highway.

If both are built, they would be the third and fourth Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets along the Grand Strand. The Neighborhood Markets, much smaller than a traditional Wal-Mart store, aim to make it more convenient for shoppers to quickly get groceries. They include pharmacies as well as a grocery area.

Plans are pending with the city for two Neighborhood Markets in Myrtle Beach: in the Village Square Shopping Center at 3915 N. Kings Highway and at 1701 S. Kings Highway.

Amanda Henneberg, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said it’s not uncommon to find several stores in the same community.

“We look for areas where we can offer customers a greater selection of merchandise, convenience and affordability than they had before,” she said in an email. “For the proposed store on 38th Ave North, that includes being a part of revitalizing that area. We have a great customer base in the area, and we are looking to provide them with even more convenient shopping options.”

Once a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market receives final approval, it typically takes six to nine months to construct.

ADC Engineering Inc. has submitted conceptual plans for both 46,564 square foot stores to the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board that will be discussed during its meeting Thursday. Gas stations are also proposed at both stores, according to documents filed with the city.

Developers would have to submit plans again for a final review before getting a vote from the board allowing construction to begin.

Representatives from ADC first presented plans to CAB in February on the grocery store that would be located at 3915 N. Kings Highway in the Village Square Shopping Center, but the board did not like the design, said CAB secretary Heidi Soos.

That store is back on Thursday’s CAB agenda as well as a second store located at 1701 S. Kings Highway.

Both stores also would include drive-thru pharmacy windows. According to a site plan, the store at Village Square will go in renovated space in the shopping center while its gas station would be in the parking lot just south of Burky’s Grill. A site plan was not available for the store on South Kings Highway.

The area’s first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, off U.S. 17 Business across from Ocean Lakes Family Campground, opened last year.

Construction is underway on another Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on the former SBB Four Corners site off U.S. 17 Bypass at Tournament Boulevard across from Inlet Square Mall.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or on Twitter @TSN_mprabhu.

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