‘Yes, We’re Open’: Downtown shops say Water Street work a barrier to business

Signs at the corner of Front and Market streets alert downtown visitors of the roadwork along the riverfront. Although signs noting shops are still open have been posted, business owners on Market have seen a slowdown in foot traffic since the work began. Photos by Hilary Snow.

Long-term improvements underway along downtown’s Riverwalk are creating some temporary setbacks for surrounding small business owners. Entrepreneurs along the 100 block of Market Street say the City of Wilmington’s multimillion dollar overhaul of Water Street, which includes infrastructure repairs, Riverfront Park renovations and a re-envisioned streetscape, has proved a bit headache-inducing, and not just from […]


Coldwell Banker names local branch as best in state, top in nation

Between Sea Coast's 11 offices and 18 locations with which it has ownership interests, the local Coldwell Baker company saw more than $2 billion in sales last year. Courtesy photo.

A Wilmington-based realty firm is among the best in the business across the state and nationwide. Real estate franchise Coldwell Banker recently named local company Sea Coast Advantage as its top NC agency for 2015 based on sales, according to a release. Sea Coast also came in at number four in the country among more […]


Plans for Market Street Aldi get ‘courtesy review’ from county

Rendering of an Aldi store. Courtesy photo.

Plans for an Aldi grocery store in New Hanover County, the third one proposed in the Cape Fear region in recent months, were presented before the county’s technical review committee on Wednesday afternoon. Representatives for Bayshore Estates, the property owner, and Aldi, the German discount supermarket chain that’s been rapidly expanding across the United States, […]


Signs of opposition: Local businesses take stand against HB2

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Had Governor Pat McCrory stopped into Flying Pi Kitchen during his visit with state educators Friday, he would have walked away hungry. “If he had come into my restaurant, I would have refused him service,” Carolyn Atkinson said. The downtown eatery owner’s strong stance is backed up by even stronger words she posted on Flying […]


Construction begins on NHRMC cancer treatment center expansion

An architectural rendering of NHRMC's expanded Zimmer Cancer Center. Work to nearly double space at the existing site is expected to be complete in fall 2017. Courtesy image.

Enhanced care in an emotionally nurturing environment is at the heart of a planned expansion of New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s onsite cancer treatment services. Work is now underway to nearly double the space for surgical, radiation and gynecologic oncology – as well as offerings like the lung program – at the hospital’s Zimmer center, […]


Tidal Creek survey shows mostly favorable reaction to proposed downtown move

Tentative survey results show most respondents are looking forward to a downtown relocation, though a strong minority aren't quite as excited. Photo courtesy Tidal Creek/Jeff Branch.

Tidal Creek customers are mostly pleased with the natural foods store’s proposed move to downtown Wilmington, although a strong minority doesn’t want to see the local fixture change its longtime location. That’s according to tentative results of an online survey meant gauge the community’s reaction to a future exodus from its midtown spot on Oleander […]


Local businesses challenged to “shine” in global spotlight of 2017 Wells Fargo Championship

L-R: Wells Fargo Regional President Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo Championship Executive Director Kym Hougham, Eagle Point Golf Club President Bobby Long, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce President Connie Majure-Rhett.

As the PGA-sanctioned 2017 Wells Fargo Championship prepares to come to Eagle Point Golf Club in Porters Neck next May, businesses and other members of the community gathered at the Wilmington Business Journal Power Breakfast Tuesday morning to hear officials speak about how it could impact the Wilmington area. The point stressed by the four […]


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