Gap in Wilmington International Airport expansion funds could require county bond

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WILMINGTON – The Wilmington International Airport Authority met last week to discuss an expansion plan which faces a $52 million shortfall. The authority agreed to bring in a consultant to consider a range of funding options, including county and private bonds. The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) had a record year in 2016. While ILM Director Julie […]

Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in Wilmington

“The way to win this game, have a passionate group of fans who love what you’re doing,”

Johnny Lukes Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in its location.

WILMINGTON – It’s location along Old Eastwood Road, heading northbound on Market Street, hasn’t provided a great history of success. But Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar has started to buck a trend as it inches closer to its first birthday on Feb. 15. From upwards of 20 rotating craft brews from across the Port City and North […]

Wilmington, ‘Foodie City’ — Feast Down East to illuminate city’s path to culinary status

"We focus on the farm, but it ends up on the fork."

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WILMINGTON – Feast Down East will hold its 7th annual Local Food Conference next week, bringing together foodies, farmers and food business professionals. The event will center around three workshop sessions, covering a range of issues from the ever-changing tastes of the “food to fork” scene, cutting-edge agricultural techniques for local and amateur farmers and […]

H&M fashion retailer is coming to Mayfaire next week, and its offering deals for its first 100 shoppers

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WILMINGTON — A new fashion retailer is opening its doors at Mayfaire Town Center in just one week, bringing both “affordable” fashion shopping and jobs to the area. Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), touted as one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, is opening its doors at 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, according to a news release […]

ALDI openings will offer relief in Wilmington job market, but not yet

"I started at $7.75 and when I left four years later I was at $8.95. It's hard in Wilmington."

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WILMINGTON – At the latest hiring event for ALDI, applicants were promised higher pay and medical benefits. But they were also told they might have to wait or travel for employment, at least for a while. The German-owned grocery store held its second hiring event in the Wilmington area on Tuesday, Jan 31. ALDI representatives […]

Bitty and Beau’s celebrates first year, the future and, above all, employees

“What we really want to celebrate, after this amazing year, is that our employees are role models and not charity cases. They’re role models, not causes. They’re capable, they’re amazing. They make me feel like we can take over the world.”

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WILMINGTON – Bitty and Beau’s Coffee celebrated its first year on Wednesday, Jan. 25, with a ceremony that honored the employees as much as the business. The Wilmington coffee shop was founded by Amy and Ben Wright and named for their children, Bitty and Beau. Two of the couple’s children live with Down syndrome, and […]

Real Estate veteran Kevin Hine joins Plantation Building Corp.

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WILMINGTON — Wilmington, North Carolina’s award-winning custom homebuilder, Plantation Building Corp., is pleased to welcome real estate sales veteran, Kevin Hine, to its talented team of building professionals. Kevin will join the company’s sales team, bringing a seasoned real estate portfolio of land development and new home construction experience to the growing company’s client list. […]

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Aldi looking to hire again, offering higher pay

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WILMINGTON — Aldi is holding a second event next Tuesday to fill entry-level and management jobs for two stores planned to open this year; hourly rates have increased since the company’s last round of hiring. After an initial event in early November of last year, the German-owned discount grocery store is again looking to hire across […]

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce appoints a new leader

Natalie English has joined the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce as its new president and CEO.

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Natalie English as its next president and CEO. The announcement was made by Chamber of Commerce Chairman Charlie Mattox on Monday. English will replace interim President Dick Blouse. She is expected to assume her new position March 6, according to a press release […]

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