North Myrtle Beach is losing one golf course but gaining a whole lot of shopping thanks to a new plan unveiled by the city and a national retail investment group.
The two parties announced a partnership to develop the property of the defunct Robber’s Roost Golf Course into the Coastal North Town Center in 2014. The retail complex will feature 348,000 square feet of commercial space, including some of the top national and international retail chains.
From golf balls to shopping mall — Photo courtesy of The City of North Myrtle Beach
The Coastal North Town Center already has signed lease agreements with several popular stores, including the first-ever Hobby Lobby on the Grand Strand. Other committed outlets include Dick's Sporting Goods, PetSmart, Rack Room Shoes, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx, Ulta Beauty and Versona Accessories. A Publix grocery also will be the first of its kind on the Strand.
The project calls for eight buildings housing approximately 50 different outlets, with tenants including restaurants and smaller local and regional stores. The location fills a need on the North Strand for more major retail shopping opportunities, as the community continues to grow its tourism base.
As for the local golf industry, the loss of Robber's Roost represents a minor loss. The course has been closed for years, and the Strand still boasts more than 100 courses within a 50-mile radius. Nearby courses still doing brisk business include The Surf Club, Glen Dornach and Tidewater.