Grand Strand businesses continue to seek holidaymakers

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — It’s spring break season and businesses are in need more than ever.

Hiring signs appear left and right in the Grand Strand and visitors can expect increased wait times and possibly slower service.

From restaurants to ice cream parlors, local businesses are doing their best with the meager help they have.

The biggest issue right now for most employers is availability.

“We get a lot of high school kids when they get out of school, but they can only work until a certain time,” said Charles Cantello, owner of Quiet Storm Surf Shop. “It’s something to get people who are full-timers to work all night.”

Managers aren’t the only ones feeling the burden of being understaffed.

Morgan Manuele, who works at the Savannah Bee Company, said she could use additional colleagues.

“I would say at least five people in total, but maybe more,” Manuele said. “We need people at every store location. We really push education about saving bees, so we really want to have enough people in the store to be able to tell people about our products and our mission.

Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, says there are positions available for a wide range of workers.

“From entry-level to middle management, they can go all the way to website,” Riordan said. “We have a job bank there, it’s free, so people can go search and see the variety of jobs.”

To help fill many of these jobs, the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting several job fairs over the next few weeks.

There is a Wednesday, April 27 on the Coastal Carolina University campus for students.

The next one is Saturday, April 30 at Myrtle Beach High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for high school students.

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