The City of Myrtle Beach and former Downtown Redevelopment Corporation's public investments have inspired private investors and redevelopments. The completion of the public Boardwalk and Promenade sparked a trend in private investing despite the national recessionary period. The 2nd Avenue Pier renovations and the construction of the SkyWheel and Landshark Restaurant are two investments alone that totaled over $20 Million dollars.
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Newest complete in 2018:
South Bay Inn & suites
Since 2000 many private investors and developers have added a wonderful variety of accommodations, some of which include:
Holiday Inn Pavilion
Ocean’s One Resort
Sandy Beach Resort
Westgate Time Share Resort
Hilton Grand 16 - construction complete early 2019
Opened July 2018
Downtown's newest beach club which sits off of 15th Avenue North will be know as The Boulevard. The three-story mixed-use entertainment complex houses several tenants including Tin Roof, BurgerFi, Starbucks and returning to the location, Banditos.
The $40 million project anchors the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at its north end.
I LOVE SUGAR
I Love Sugar is one of Downtown Ocean Boulevard's newest and largest specialty stores. This place not only sells every candy piece imaginable, the back wall is made of candy and the chandeliers are made of hundreds of gummy bears. The location also features I Love Gelato, which has its own side door entrance but still shares the candy heaven space with its parent I Love Sugar name.
Jack Thompson has found a new home for his studio just around the corner from his previous 915 Broadway Street address (which in still within the DRC District boundaries). Thompson, who has photographed Myrtle Beach for more than 50 years, will move Jack Thompson Studios to 503 Ninth Ave. North, directly adjacent to Nance Plaza. Thompson resided at his previous location for 15 years and the DRC hopes to get 15 more years from Jack Thomson Studios and remain the cornerstone for the business along 9th Ave.
This corner lot at the entrance to Plyler Park was home to Marvin’s Food & Games for many years, but was reinvented as a surf-themed grill & chill” in 2012. The interior features a long, thatch-covered tiki bar surrounded by colorful booths and tables, while the outdoor patio offers great oceanfront views and funky surf art on every table. The menu has a little bit of everything from big burgers and hot dogs smothered in toppings to wild wings and tasty tacos. There’s also seafood, salads, sandwiches, starters and hot-off-the-grill entrees like chicken, steak, BBQ and baby back ribs.
LANDSHARK BAR & GRILL
Situated as a keystone to the Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, the SkyWheel is surrounded by some tasty eats, exciting attractions, and Atlantic Ocean and beach. When you’re done having your breath taken away by the view from your SkyWheel flight, browse the LandShark SurfShack and then grab a bite at the LandShark Bar & Grill or one of the many great eateries along the Boardwalk and Ocean Boulevard.
2ND AVENUE PIER HOUSE RESTAURANT
Second Avenue Pier has been a fixture on the Myrtle Beach coast line since the mid 1930's. The pier has the honor and distinction of being the Southern anchor to the Boardwalk and Promenade. Along with some great fishing, the 2nd Avenue Pier also features the Pier House Restaurant, an open-air bar with spectacular panoramic views of the Boardwalk Promenade and Atlantic Ocean.
1990's & Early 2000's
The Ripley's Entertainment group has several downtown attractions along Ocean Boulevard. These include The 'Believe It or Not! Odditorium', Ripley’s Motion Master in 5D, and Ripley's Haunted Adventure.