Publix coming to Pawleys and North Myrtle Beach

Pawleys Island Plaza is located on Ocean Highway at Petigru Drive in Pawleys Island.

A Publix grocery store will soon occupy the Pawleys Island Plaza on Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, the plaza once at the center of a controversy over big box stores in the community.

Original plans for the plaza included a building over 100,000 square feet that was rumored to be a big box store. That caused Waccamaw Neck residents to come out in support of a group known as "Don't Box the Neck."

Eventually, the Charleston-based developers scaled down the large building not to exceed 60,000 square feet.

The 45,000-square-foot Publix supermarket is expected to open in early 2015, according to a news release Friday from Publix.

North Myrtle Beach's Coastal North Town Center, at Highway 17 and Moss Place, is getting a 49,000-square-foot Public, expected to open in late 2014.

Coastal North Town Center is the former Robber's Roost golf course, which sat vacant for more than a decade but is now under development.

"On the heels of our continued expansion in North Carolina, we are excited to offer our associates growth opportunities and bring new jobs to the area," said Chuck Roskovich, Publix divisional vice president. "We look forward to providing South Carolina residents and visitors alike with the high-quality service, products and active community involvement that Publix has become known for in our areas of operation and beyond."