Business

8 new businesses come to Mayfaire

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WILMINGTON — Mayfaire has had a rolling list of tenants in its 610,000 square-foot shopping center on Military Cutoff Road throughout the past 17 years. Anchored by Regal Cinemas and Belk department store, the town center announced a new batch of businesses — eight to be exact — which have either opened or are doing so soon. […]

One tree or two? Dispute over razed oak highlights need for objective county arborist, tree experts say

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– What seems like a philosophical question recently had real-life ramifications when local ordinances were applied: If a tree has multiple trunks that separate at ground level, is it one tree, or are they each their own organism? A razed live oak in Ogden split developers and local tree experts in a […]

Cremation by water: Wilmington’s first aquamation facility opens

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WILMINGTON — Would you rather be buried or cremated after life? Or what about dissolved in water? That’s the practice at Tranquility Cremation by Aquamation, a newly opened facility in Wilmington. Founder Eric Bester explained the process of aquamation, or alkaline hydrolysis, is more affordable, better for the environment and, in his opinion, the most […]
Patrons eat at tables lined up along Front Street Thursday evening as part of Downtown Alive's initiative to expand seating areas for downtown restaurants. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Open container ‘social district’ could soon come to downtown Wilmington

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WILMINGTON –– Downtown patrons may soon be able to carry and sip alcohol openly in Wilmington as support grows for an outdoor drinking district. Signed by Gov. Roy Cooper Sept. 10, House Bill 890 revamped ABC laws after receiving broad support in the legislature. The wide-ranging legislation lets ABC Stores conduct online orders, expands the […]

Nearly 200 local businesses awarded $4.2 million in ARP grants

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Nearly 200 local businesses have been awarded a combined $4.2 million in local grant funding from the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County.  The funds were allocated to the city and county through the American Rescue Plan Act. In turn, the local governments appointed the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to […]
Plans for the industrial building were submitted to Pender County earlier this week for a 15-acre site in the center of Pender Commerce Park, land pictured here to the right (southeast) of Acme Way. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Pender prepares for major 421 utility extension, continues work on commerce park

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PENDER COUNTY –– Pender County is preparing to potentially invest millions into extending sewer services along a 5-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 421.  Monday, commissioners unanimously initiated the process to solicit an engineering firm to design a utility project intended to help spur development on the western end of the county.  RELATED: Rolling the dice: […]

Wilmington attorney accused of visa fraud to be sentenced next year

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Former Wilmington attorney Roydera Hackworth pled guilty to visa fraud last week. Hackworth, 63, allegedly impersonated another attorney while submitting immigration-related documents for clients, despite being suspended from practicing law since 2012.  Hackworth is scheduled to be sentenced in January. The allegations that she forged another attorney’s name on immigration documents sprang […]

Leland offers soon-to-be annexed D.R. Horton development $140K in incentives

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LELAND –– After a two-year dry streak, the Town of Leland is offering financial incentives to a D.R. Horton project petitioning to be annexed into town limits. Between two development agreements, the town could pay D.R. Horton and its subsidiary a combined $140,400 to develop 48 single-family homes as part of phase three of Juniper […]

Belk seeks variance to redevelop small portion of parking lot into restaurant

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WILMINGTON –– Belk is seeking a variance from the City of Wilmington to gain permission to tweak city codes to allow the redevelopment of a small portion of its street-facing parking lot into a restaurant.  Property owner Janet Smith of Belk Inc. is hoping to subdivide the curved 12.8-acre lot, including the Belk store and overflow […]

Wilmington lands new film projects, Jenkins Reid adaptation pivots from SC for safer Covid trends

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WILMINGTON –– Continuing a triumphant year for film in Wilmington with double-digit projects, three new productions are now preparing to shoot in the area. “One True Loves,” likely an adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2016 novel of the same title, and “Breakwater” are both making moves to film locally. “George & Tammy” is also back […]