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Store To Close At Mayfaire Community Center

By Cece Nunn, posted Sep 1, 2017
A sign advertises a sale at Lily Nicole & Co. at Mayfaire Community Center. The owners plan to close the store and move to Arizona. (Photo by Vicky Janowski)
Lily Nicole & Co., a store that sells clothing and gear for babies and children at Mayfaire Community Center in Wilmington, is closing.

Andy Voland, who owns the store with his wife, Valerie Smith, said Friday that the couple doesn't have an exact date for when the Lily Nicole & Co. store, in Suite 100 at 6800 Parker Farm Drive, will shutter for good.

"It's all up in the air at the moment," Voland said Friday.

The couple is closing the store for medical reasons, he said, and will move to Arizona, with no plans to open a retail space there.

Smith and Voland started the business, which is named after their daughter, around 2012 by selling online at first. Next, Lilly Nicole & Co. placed its products, which have included natural fiber and eco-friendly clothing, accessories and other items for babies and children, in vendor space at Blue Moon Gift Shops.

The store at Mayfaire Community Center allowed them to offer a wider variety of products. And the location has been a good one for Lily Nicole & Co. since it opened more than a year ago, Voland said. Shoppers come from nearby offices, including workers on their lunch breaks, or are folks who have dropped people off at medical appointments or children off at a nearby drop-in childcare center, Giggles.

"I think it's got even more potential as things build up around this area, too," Voland said of the store's spot on Parker Farm Drive.

He said the Lily Nicole & Co. website, www.lilynicoleandco.com, could still be up and running through the end of the year. 

"It depends on how much of the inventory remains when we finally close the doors, if it makes sense to keep it on the website," Voland said. "But if we sell everything off, we're not planning on resupplying."

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