The Trump Store Opens in Myrtle Beach and Conway Area | Conway
This story has been updated to clarify the jurisdiction of the land where the Myrtle Beach Trump Store is located.
When carnival closes, the Trump Stores open.
On September 18, Marion County resident and carnival owner Katie Wilson opened the Trump store on Main Street in Conway, next to the Donzelle restaurant.
On Sunday, it opened its other location in the Myrtle Beach area at 2115 Highway 501, in the building that once housed North American securities lending.
(Technically, the building sits in a small “donut hole” that includes a few plots of land where the store is located, meaning that while the Trump store is in the jurisdiction of Horry County, the ” donut hole “is surrounded on all sides by the town of Myrtle Beach and is impossible to access without traveling into and through the town of Myrtle Beach).
Wilson, a supporter of President Donald Trump, owns B&K Carnivals. But when COVID-19 put an end to large crowds, she had to find something else to do in the meantime.
“A bunch of my other carnival friends, this is what we decided to do when we weren’t able to work,” Wilson said, adding that other carnival operators she works with are opening stores in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Panama City, Florida.
The store carries Trump flags, face masks, snow globes, golf balls, posters, signs and socks, to name a few, from several vendors in the Southeast. Flags and masks have been the best sellers, Wilson said.
“The main thing is the flags,” she said. “A lot of people buy the flags.”
Sales have been decent at the Conway store, Wilson said, but she expects more customers once the word gets out.
“I hope it picks up a bit when it starts to spread, because it’s so new and unique,” Wilson said. “But it will probably take another week before I expect a lot more traffic out there.”
Conway resident Carol Dotson, who left Philadelphia seven years ago due to warmer weather and lower taxes, visited the Conway store on Friday.
“Love it,” she said, complimenting the store’s selection, including a Women for Trump sign. “We love Trump, and someone said on Facebook that there is a Trump store.”
Wilson plans to stay open until a few days after the election. If Trump defeats Democrat Joe Biden, she said she could stay open for the rest of November as well.
Dotson said she would come back after the election if she could.
“Trump is us,” Dotson said. “We love Trump.”
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sunday, when it is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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