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Waccamaw Corp. was a home furnishings business that started in 1977 as Waccamaw Pottery, a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina based pottery company founded by George Bishop that sold pottery and crafts.

Expansion beyond its original location began in 1982, when the company opened a Burlington, North Carolina location. Next came Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1983, followed by Rolling Meadows, Illinois (outside Chicago) in 1984 and Dale City, Virginia (a Washington, D.C. suburb) in 1985.[1]

It grew into the home furnishings business in the early 1990s and operated stores throughout the South and Midwest, selling housewares, bedding, cookware, china, and furniture.

In the face of heavy competition from direct competitors Bed Bath & Beyond, Linens 'n Things and Old Time Pottery; as well as discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, the company merged with the primarily Northeastern HomePlace[2] and grew to over 100 stores by 2001. Waccamaw stores were renamed Waccamaw's HomePlace, and were planning to phase out the Waccamaw name altogether when the company filed for bankruptcy. The company ceased operations in June 2001. The former retail in Sawgrass Mills has been taken over by the management of indoor amusement parks Wannado City.[citation needed]

The original Waccamaw Pottery in Myrtle Beach is still standing, part of the nearly empty Waccamaw Factory Shoppes complex. Redevelopment of part of the site is planned[3] but currently on hold. One section of the complex, however, became part of Hard Rock Park, now Freestyle Music Park, a music-themed amusement park.[4][5] One of the Waccamaw facility's buildings was used seasonally as a rehearsal location for the Radio City Rockettes.[6] A few businesses still operate in the shopping center, and some consider themselves successful.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Waccamaw Pottery Rules the Beach". Wilmington Morning Star. 12 January 1986. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1367&dat=19860111&id=2eQVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0hMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7013,3204159. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  2. ^ HomePlace is healthy post-Waccamaw merger | DSN Retailing Today | Find Articles at BNET.com
  3. ^ Reda, Jaimie (10 June 2008). "New Development for Waccamaw Factory Shoppes". WPDE-TV. http://www.carolinalive.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=145232. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  4. ^ http://htomc.dns2go.com/myrtle/hardrock.htm, Retrieved on 2009-10-27.
  5. ^ http://www.rcdb.com/6023.htm, Retrieved on 2009-10-27.
  6. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (2006-10-26). "Up close and magical". Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/article/110781. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  7. ^ Spring, Jake (2010-03-06). "Freestyle Music Park mum on its future". The Sun News. http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/03/06/1352729/park-mum-on-its-future.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
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