Bag Some Black Friday Bargains, Grand Strand-Style

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Ask the most serious shoppers (and the most dedicated money-savers) about their favorite holidays, and the answers you get may include more than the usual lineup of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. For these bargain hunters, the list may also feature a famed shoppers’ weekend that lands early in the holiday-season mix — a long weekend that’s renowned for its wealth of opportunities to snag some retail bargains. And for visitors to the Grand Strand during these shopping holidays — known as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — the Carolina coast offers a wealth of destinations to both have some beach-fueled fun and to grab some great deals.

If you’re looking for a place where you can snag an easy vacation getaway and get some holiday shopping done at the same time, consider these shopping opportunities found in the Myrtle Beach area:

Big Box Stores: Often, the true blockbuster Black Friday deals are found at the largest stores. And on the Grand Strand, all the big names — including Wal-Mart (10+ area stores), Target (two area stores), Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club and more — can be found within easy driving distance of downtown Myrtle Beach. To really throw some fun into the mix, head for the area in Myrtle Beach between Broadway at the Beach and Coastal Grand Mall. Here, all of the stores mentioned above can be found within a short distance of one another, and the added entertainment and attractions of Broadway at the Beach and Coastal Grand Mall are nearby, also.

Outlets/Malls: For those who enjoy mall and/or outlet shopping, the Grand Strand offers ample options in this department, too. One of the area’s top retail destinations — Tanger Outlets — offers a pair of sprawling locations in the Myrtle Beach area, each featuring 75-plus stores. Find a long list of giant national retail names — as well as an array of mom-and-pop boutique shops — at the Highway 501 outlet center and the Highway 17 outlet center. Elsewhere, Myrtle Beach’s Coastal Grand Mall is the second-largest shopping mall in the entire state of South Carolina. Among the 170-plus specialty stores found here are an array of prominent national retailers such as Dillard’s, Sears, Belk, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, H&M and Old Navy. A range of smaller specialty shops offers shoes, fashions, books, electronics and more, and the food court boasts a large selection of dining options.

Small Businesses: For truly unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, small businesses are often the shopper’s best bet. And thanks to Small Business Saturday — held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — these shops get their own day, too. Good destinations for shopping mom-and-pop shops on the Grand Strand include Broadway at the Beach and The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, and The Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island.

Cyber Monday Sales: On the Grand Strand, the saving doesn’t stop when the big “retail weekend” winds down. On Cyber Monday, keep an eye on Ocean Reef Resort’s Specials Page for some amazing offers on oceanfront lodging during your next Grand Strand vacation!

After spending the days of your long weekend doing some Grand Strand deal-chasing, head back to Ocean Reef Resort to relax in your comfortable oceanfront accommodations and enjoy the resort’s wide range of fun on-site amenities. Book your Myrtle Beach getaway today — and get ready to find some deals and some good times on the Grand Strand.