Myrtle Beach Retail Market Expanding

Shops flocking to Forest

June 07, 2008

By Jessica Foster – The Sun News

Erica Davis, who lives off River Oaks Drive in Carolina Forest, only has to drive about a half mile up the road to get food or do her dry cleaning.

“It’s very convenient,” she said, arms loaded with clean laundry on her way out of Sunny Cleaners.

The dust has barely settled on the Forest Crossings center where she often eats and runs errands, but she already has her eye on a new complex being built next door, which will be anchored by a Food Lion when it opens in November.

A few years ago, the International Drive area had no commercial centers but now retailers are cropping up right and left. More grocery stores including a Lowes Foods; restaurants such as Dominos and a Japanese restaurant; Family Dollar; CVS; and a nail salon are in the works.

The area is a prime spot for development, with thousands of residents nearby and easy access from S.C. 31, store owners said.

“There’s a great opportunity to expose ourselves to literally thousands and thousands of folks out here,” said Fred Fusco, co-owner of Villa Mare restaurant. “There’s a tremendous local crowd we can draw on.”

The 7,000-acre Carolina Forest community is expected to have about 35,000 residents by the time it’s finished, and thousands have already moved in. That’s paved the way for stores, specialty shops and restaurants to come in.



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