Shopping complex with new grocery store discussed for Grande Dunes property in Myrtle Beach

A new shopping complex could be coming to Myrtle Beach as developers look to enhance Grande Dunes.

Representatives from Dynamik Design and S.J. Collins Enterprises appeared before the Community Appearance Board on Thursday presenting plans to construct an approximately 63,000 square-foot shopping complex in the Bellora section at Grand Dunes on 62nd Avenue North.

“We think that we’re really adding to the community,” S.J. Collins Enterprise representative Jay Douglas said. “We firmly believe in this project.”

The proposed complex, which would run parallel to U.S. 17, would consist of six commercial buildings. Douglas said they’re looking to bring a wide range of appealing restaurants and retailers to the complex, including a “high-end” organic grocery store.

“I think we’re going to bring some unique tenants to the market and first-time retailers, so we’re excited about that,” said Steven Collins, founder of S.J. Collins Enterprise. “Most of the retailers we’re talking to want to see how far along we are.”

While no retailers have been decided on, the real-estate company has made Whole Foods Market the main anchor store at other completed developments in Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Arkansas.

Board members suggested a bank and pet store also be considered as possible retailers.

Along with an array of shops, Douglas said any active space within the complex will be turned into patio space for diners and shoppers to enjoy. We want something that can be a gathering space for people to hang out, he said.

Plans also include widening the 62nd Avenue roadway to accommodate increased traffic.

While board members recommended slight changes be made to the artistic design prior to a final review, Chairman Larry Bragg said the development has the potential to be a popular destination spot.

“I do believe it shows great promise, I think this will be great for the neighborhood,” Bragg said. “I’m looking forward to new tenants coming in.”