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Become a part of all that the Market Common has to offer. Construction will soon start on 5-story Condominiums overlooking Valor Park and the Market Common. Live in the Heart of It All! The Village at Market Common. Call Wally now for pre-construction details on condos and town homes
Market Common October 4, 2008. Farrow Parkway passes in front of retail stores and apartments Overlooking Grand Park lake.
Photo Copyright 2008
Bobby Chan and King Street Grill

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NEW ATTRACTIONS for the summer of 2009 at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach are the fourth location of King Street Grille, a sports Pub serving salads, sandwiches, burgers, Pasta, and Seafood Entrees, and the third location of Bobby Chan Men's Clothing on Howard Street.

DRAGON BOAT RACES - It was a fun day for all as the first Dragon Boat races came to the lake at Grand Park in February 2009 at Market Common. STREET VIEW - Looking along the street in front of Barnes and Noble and Travinia Italian Kitchen at Market Common. TOMMY BAHAMA Tropical Cafe shows an inviting view on the east end of the Valor Memorial Park in Market Common in this Spring '09 photo.

Holiday Special Events at Market Common
Throughout the 2008 holiday season, the streets of The Market Common will come alive with festivities. Magicians,
carolers, elves, Santa and more will make The Market Common a place for holiday memories in Myrtle Beach.
The folks at Market Common have put together a schedule of events for the holiday season. Click the link above for a PDF print out of events.
For a Chance to Win a $1000. gift card and other prizes offered by the Market Common Merchants you can visit MarketCommonHolidays.Com

Holiday Arrives - The Market Common's first holiday season brought with it an array of seasonal activities including the arrival of Santa on a horse drawn sleigh (on wheels of course).

Market Common stores and restaurants played a large part in making Myrtle Beach a shopping destination for the 2008 season.

Second Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Photo at left shows the start of the 2008 Turkey Trot. It all started at 8:30 in the morning and is certain to be another exciting event next year. If you are interected in more information on 2009's event here is the link to the running club information. Turkey Trot Information.
Market Common has experienced it's first summer season with new store openings and an array of weekly activities including Myrtle Beach's annual Sun Fun Festival, and weekly live outdoor concerts. Beach Boogie and Bar-B-Que was another success in its third installment with thousands to have attended. Classic Autos, vendors of all sorts and this year John Michael Montgomery. It's a great place to call home. Living in a downtown setting. The soon to be constructed Village At Market Common will offer homes in the heart of it all. Live and enjoy all Market Common has to offer. As 2008 winds down watch for the second Turkey Trot, a Fall festival of events, the opening of the newly remodeled Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
Gordon Biersch Brewry Victoria's Secret - a place to relax The Town Clock at Market Common Travinia Italian Restaurant at Market Common
Scenes from after the Grand Opening - A Casual Sunday Afternoon on Howard St.
Shopping at the Market Common - April 27, 2008
Tommy Bahama Cafe at Market Common A look inside Chico's at Market Common The New Barnes and Noble at Market Common
The Market Common has already become a place where shoppers and diners are finding new favorite destinations, and places to relax and unwind from a busy day of activities. Streets with rocking chairs along the sidewalks, fountains offering a relaxing mood, and stores with items at sale prices. Nearby town homes, Condos and single family homes are fast becoming popular places to live, just steps to The Market Common.

IT RAINED ON THE MARKET COMMON PARADE - But the sun will come out tomorrow. It's a bright day for Myrtle Beach as the crowd braved the rain to watch Grand Opening ceremonies on April 3, 2008 as world class shopping and dining arrives bringing Myrtle Beach a Downtown.

SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR MARK SANFORD -leads the dignitaries including Mayor John Rhodes and  Sen. Luke Rankin with  Daniel McCaffery of McCaffery Interests, developers of the new $600 million center and Buddy Styers, Project Developer and finance partner Leucadia National Corp.

TV MEDIA TOWER TRUCK - sends its signal back to the station for broadcast as area residents and visitors came out in the rain to welcome the opening of the $600. million Market Common. It will become a place Myrtle Beach will call downtown with world class shopping and dining.
Employees at Williams-Sonoma store cut a specially prepared Chocolate Grand Opening cake to share with customers following ribbon cutting at the Market Common of Myrtle Beach.
Grand Opening

Thursday April 3

12:00 noon Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Gov. Mark Sanford and Mayor John Rhodes
8:30 PM Fireworks

Friday April 4

5-7 PM Retail stores' Open House
7 PM Long Bay Symphony and the Necessary Band

8:30 PM Fireworks

The Market Common

Saturday April 5

Family Festival Day

12 noon Piggly Wiggly Cookout
Grand 14 Cinema Film Festival
to benefit Red Cross

12 noon - 4 PM, Musical Entertainment,
Police and Fire Expos, Face Painting,
Baloons, Clowns and more

8:30 PM Fireworks

OPENING DAY AT MARKET COMMON - The rain did not keep area residents wanting to get a first look at Market Common home on Thursday April 3rd. Governor Mark Sanford officially opened the center with Mayor John Rhodes and others . UNLIKE ANY OTHER CITY IN SOUT CAROLINA - The center of Howard Street offers shoppers a spot for relaxation. Lots of parking and flowers greeted everyone who braved showers to view the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the center.

BEFORE THE OPENING - The photos below were taken as workmen prepared the Market Common for Grand Opening Day on April 3, 2008. Follow the construction of MArket Common in the photos below beginning over a year ago in 2006.
Tommy Bahama Tropicak Cafe in Markedt Common P F Chang's in Myrtle Beach Market Common
Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe - A new wave of restaurants sweeping across the country has landed at Market Common. P. F. Chang's China Bristro - One of the most popular restaurants in the US will soon be taking reservations in the Market Common urban village.
Ann Taylor is one of the new stores in Market Common Myrtle Beach Barnes and Noble will be an anchor store at Market Common
ANN TAYLOR - Located across from Valor Park at the new Market Common in Myrtle Beach across from the Village Condominium site. Barnes and Noble - Just a walk down the street from the Village at Market Common, a new downtown residential center with condominiums.
GRAND 14 - a movie experience will open at the new Market Common in Myrtle Beach next to the parking deck. View of Howard Street - Myrtle Beach has a new downtown as shown in this view of Howard Street looking form Valor Park.
VALOR PARK - At Market Common taken March 9, 2008
VALOR PARK - Lots of open green space nearly ready for opening

January 8, 2008
The Market Common is coming to life. The photo below shows the downtown Valor Park area of Market Common looking from the site of the Village Condominiums across what will become Valor Park into the urban village. Tommy Bahams's Cafe and retail store is the building on the right. Valor Park is being constructed in the foreground and the white building in the background will be Barnes & Noble. See additional photos of Market Common by clicking here. These additional photos and the photo below are courtesy of Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide.
Market Common Myrtle Beach
October 20, 2007
On October 20, 2007 Leo Cloutier took the photo below of the Valor Park area of the Market Common. This will be the view from the Village Condos
There will be a very upscale Valor Park constructed with flowing fountains and trees and walkways built between the Condos and the buldings.
Market Common Construction October 2997

The Count Down to Opening is On - April 3, 2008 Is Opening Day - The Retail center will be open - Growth is Rapid through the Summer
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Aerial of Market Common construction. Retail stores are in upper half of photo, Condos and Town Homes in lower half. Withers Pres ise is to the left, the beach to the right. Click Photo for larger view.
April 1, 2007
MARKET COMMON CONTINUES TO GROW - As of April 1st the new Market Common has begun to take shape. Going Verticle with the first story of steel up on several of the buildings. The above photos show contractors erecting the structural steel framework on several of the major stores planned for a 2008 opening. More foundations and preperation work can be seen in the forefront as the cranes lift more steel into place. There is currently a beehive of activity taking place over nearly the entire commercial portion of the 100 acre Market Common urban village. Town homes in another part of the Market Common are also underway, and a May start date is expected on the first of the live - work town homes along Howard Avenue.

Workmen are also preparing some of the many parking lots in preperation for paving, with curb work being installed. The Commercial stores and restaurants will be the heart of the new urban village that will be the driving engine of the overall residential and commercial development underway on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. RWO Acquisitions is preparing their first residentialcommunity named Balmoral. The main feeder street, Coventry Avenue has been paved and will lead to the communities of Withers Preserve. Model homes will soon be started in the Balmoral community and the sales center for Balmoral should be opening next month offering prospective buyers of Withers Preserve properties an opportunity to view the project plans and gain a feel of the low country communities that will be constructed along Farrow Parkway.

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HOWARD AVENUE - The Re-designed Howard Avenue construction continues to take place as storm water lines and fire hydrants are installed. Photo on left is taken from Farrow Parkway looking north and the photo at right is looking across Howard Ave. from Townhomes toward the live work townhomes. Click on each photo for a larger view. Then just x out of those views to return to this page.

Click this link to see additional Jan. 30 construction Photos

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As 2007 begins, the work on the Commercial portion of Market Common is advancing with utility, drainage and grading site work as seen in the above photos. We hope to have information available soon on aditional townhouse units and Condominiums. There has been a November update of the master site plan approval and the excitement continues to build as new plans are released and approved by the City of Myrtle Beach.

You can follow the following link to a map of the retail plan. simply (click here) to see the plan as a PDF.

Construction offices for the various builders on the complex are being readied at the far western edge of the complex. It's a bit hard to see exactly what is going on with a quick drive by, but know that there is a lot involved in coordinating all the various buildings so they all fit together and come up out of the ground as planned. Once buildings start going vertical we will see a lot more excitement in the project. I'll do my best to keep you updated as The Market Common is built.

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Construction is underway on the 100 acre Market Common urban village on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The Commercial portion of the project is all under way and the residential townhouses and condominiums will be starting soon. Howard Street is being realigned to meet the specifications of the developers with center island trees. Some of the townhouses are also underway.

The tenant list continues to grow as more stores and restaurants are announced by developers McCaffrey Interests. The latest published list includes the following:

Aveda Modern Salon & Day Spa
Banana Republic
Barnes & Noble
Brooks Brothers
Carlyle & Company
Cold Stone Creamery
Coldwater Creek
Consolidated Theatres
Copper Penny Shooz
Divine Steakhouse
Francesca’s Collection
Gordon Biersch Brewery
Luxottica Collection
Orvis Sporting Traditions
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Piggly Wiggly (Wait til you see this one)
Planet Beach Tan
soma by Chico’s
The Wine Room
Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe and Emporium
White House|Black Market

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On July 9th, 2005 The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that the ground will be broken this fall on the awaited urban village, The Market Common and it will "woo residents with South Carolina's first P. F. Chang's China Bristo, a movie theater, upscale grocery and an Irish pub"

The article continued to state that "this is developer McCaffery Interests' first list of tenants for the mixed-use residential and retail development that will be the Grand Strand's largest urban village. Apartments and condos will be built above restaurants and retail on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in a pedestrian-friendly design modeled after the nation's oldest cities."

The Sun News continued to quote both McCaffery Interests President Dan McCaffery and the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Director, Buddy Styers as saying that there will be more fashion and home-furnighings retailers as well as other restaurants to be announced in the next few months.

Accorting to the story somefive or six restaurants and 50 retail stores will be added to the 16 screen theatre type seating theatre which is expected to be one of the anchor retailers to the village. Other exciting new additions are expected.

P.F. Chang's, a Chinese bistro with 115 restaurants in 32 states, will also serve as a development anchor, according to The Sun News story.

McCaffery stated "P.F. Chang's is one of the most sought-after restaurants in the nation. They're one of the most successful in America and they go only to the very finest projects," McCaffery said, according to the story.

Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company will bring an upscale version of its grocery store to the Grand Strand.

Claddagh Irish Pub will make its first venture into South Carolina, adding to the restaurant's more than a dozen national locations. The restaurant concept was founded in 2000 by an American and an Irishman, who decided to bring the best of the Ireland pub to the United States.


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