Thursday, April 3, 2014
Litchfield Land, the Bi-Lo shopping center west of Highway 17 and north of Willbrook Boulevard, is grappling with the inevitability of change. Conversation, however, is positive.
Litchfield Books, now located at 14427 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island – next door to Fresh Market – was the first business to move away from what was once a high brow strip of shops anchored by Harris Teeter. The independent bookstore moved late in 2012 for no reason more complex than a more central location with increased foot traffic. Opportunity called in a newer facility nearer to the heartbeat of Pawleys.
Litchfield Landing is roughly thirty years old.
Bi-Lo is relocating a stone’s throw south to the Litchfield Market Plaza –Piggly Wiggly’s former location – on the corner of Willbrook Boulevard and Highway 17. That store is being renovated and Bi-Lo expects to celebrate a grand opening in May. Even so, Keith Hinson a key partner in InSite Holdings, the partnership that owns Litchfield Landing, says Bi-Lo still holds a six month lease on their current location and may even be debating whether or not their new location will be a better one.
Hinson reports there are also several businesses – including retail outlets and grocers – expressing interest in the 38,000 square foot space. Litchfield Landing’s curb appeal is fully intact – with big old oaks – and remains a prime location for all sorts of businesses.
The mall’s “fringe spaces” are entirely full – even spaces that have been unoccupied for six and seven years. Seabreeze Liquors & Wines is still in business as well as a busy Edward Jones office. Additionally, Coastal Carolina University has filled 6,500 square feet of available space with their uber-popular Lifelong Learning programs. Lifelong Learning courses are designed to meet the needs and interests of seasoned adults in these communities and are offered during daytime and evening hours.
Linda Ketron, Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) says she and the programs’ many participants are delighted with their new space. She notes the Center conveniently adjoins Pawleys Island’s Retreat Park, and it connects with Willbrook Boulevard via St. Paul’s Place off Willbrook Boulevard. This makes the parking prime for accessing the Waccamaw Bikeway.
We expect to report more good news with regard to Litchfield Landing in the coming weeks and months.