The only downside to shopping in Myrtle Beach is that it requires getting out of the sun and away from the beach. That's one minor problem that prompted the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its member merchants to come up with a unique solution that allows shoppers to enjoy some hot deals and warm weather at the same time.
Myrtle Beach Shopping Days, a past promotion that has now been extended into spring, will be held April 18-20, 2014, at shops and stores throughout the Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of coastline that surrounds Myrtle Beach. This 72-hour promotion has provided a surprising amount of interest and participation in the local shopping scene.
Myrtle Beach Shopping Days — Photo courtesy of Market Common
What started out as a simple gesture to encourage shoppers to support local merchants during the holidays has blossomed into a year-round event that stretches from the port city of Georgetown up to the Carolina border. Business owners offer huge discounts during the three-day weekend, and shops move their wares to the curb to take part in a city-wide sidewalk sale.
Myrtle Beach Shopping Days debuted last fall on Black Friday as a way of drumming up business for locally owned ventures instead of the national chains that open their doors on Thanksgiving weekend. The event was a surprising success for those that took part in the event, particularly since unseasonably warm temperatures gave shoppers a reason to do so in the great outdoors.
The inaugural spring version of Myrtle Beach Shopping Days hopes to cash in on the warm weather and the bright sunshine with a sunny day of sidewalk sales and other special events at popular gathering spots along the Strand. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk - a 1.2-mile stretch of wooden walkway that runs along the oceanfront - expects dozens of merchants to set up shop outside and attract bargain-hunters to the downtown district for some great deals.
Other popular shopping centers - such as Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Market Common and the Tanger Outlet Shops - also plan to participate with their own specials and festivities. Individual stores from Little River to Pawleys Island plan to take part in the commercially created holiday.
The local chamber will once again sweeten the pot with special prizes and giveaways, including gift cards that are redeemable at all member merchants. Shoppers can simply stop by one of three area visitors centers and show their receipts to be entered in the drawing for gift cards worth as much as $250.