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May 10, 2022

E.W. Godwin's Sons Lumber Is Sold

By Justin Williams Pope, posted May 10, 2022

Guy C. Lee Building Materials, a long-standing building supply company in North Carolina has purchased one of Wilmington’s oldest family-owned businesses, E.W. Godwin’s Sons Lumber Co.   The buyout is a new step for both businesses and allows Smithfield-headquartered Guy C. Lee to fully integrate into the Wilmington market while still maintaining nearby ...

Mar 30, 2022

Three Wilmington Auto Repair Shops Acquired 

By Johanna F. Still, posted Mar 30, 2022

Last month, Absolute Collision purchased three out of four of Wilmington-based Register’s Auto Collision's auto repair shops.  Register’s Auto Collision opened in Wilmington in 1975 at 128 Harley Road. The company, operated by Steve Register, who took over the business from his father, also has a location in Hampstead at 15744 U.S. Hwy. 17. It opene ...

Mar 29, 2022

Last month, O2 Fitness closed its flagship Wilmington gym in Mayfaire, then earlier this month, shut the doors at its Porters Neck location for good.  Around 2018, the company had five separate locations operating in Wilmington and roughly 15,000 members. Now, it’s down to just two locations but is planning to open a third within the next couple of years.&nbs ...

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Wilmington Beauty Studio is Blowing Up Near the Cargo District

Posted May 4, 2022

Local Wilmington beauty studio is exploding with new business downtown, providing new jobs in the industry and premium beauty services. Inner Glow Studio started operations back in 2018, specializing in providing premium eyelash extensions, but has since expanded to offering hair, eyebrow services, permanent makeup, facials, waxing, entire article

Mar 28, 2022

A prominent think tank that annually ranks economic growth in American cities has placed Wilmington in the 21st spot. Wilmington’s new ranking puts the growing city ahead of several urban hubs officials often compare it to when measuring performance indicators. The Milken Institute published its 2022 best-performing cities analysis Monday, which charts economic gr ...

Mar 7, 2022

ILM To Study Business Park, Approves $3M Apron Expansion 

By Johanna F. Still, posted Mar 7, 2022

As Wilmington International Airport (ILM) continues its travel-related expansion plans, airport officials are looking to maximize use of the land that's left on the airport’s home base for business purposes.  At last week’s New Hanover County Airport Authority meeting, board members gave staff the direction to formulate a request for qualifications ...

Jan 7, 2022

Top 10 Most-read Stories Of 2021

By Staff Reports, posted Jan 7, 2022

The following are summaries of the top 10 most-read stories Greater Wilmington Business Journal online stories in 2021, the top spot taken by a WilmingtonBiz Magazine story about the Battleship North Carolina.   1. Ship Shape: Rebuilding the Battleship In 2009, the U.S. Navy gave two directives: either make plans to scrap the USS North Carolina or set out to rest ...

Sep 7, 2021

George Taylor: An Open Letter To Local Leaders

By George Taylor, posted Sep 7, 2021

An Open Letter to our City and County Leaders,   Last Friday, County Commissioners met to discuss ways to stop the violence in Wilmington, and I support them in their effort. Many city leaders attended, including law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, the judicial branch, and others. In the meeting, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to allocate th ...

Aug 30, 2021

Wilmington Attorney Opens Collaborative Family Law Practice

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 30, 2021

A local attorney has co-founded a practice focused on adoption and collaborative family law. Ashley Michael (right) of Wilmington has teamed up with Ashley-Nicole Russell of Beaufort, North Carolina, to establish Michael & Russell PLLC. Michael will handle both adoption and collaborative family law cases, while Russell – who maintains offices in Beaufort, Gree ...

Apr 16, 2021

Lewis Farms Continues The Berry Business

By Scott Nunn, posted Apr 16, 2021

Long before the N.C. Azalea Festival blossomed, another plant marked the start of spring in the Wilmington area: strawberries. The plant’s juicy fruit not only was popular at dinner tables, strawberries were part of a thriving local business known as truck-farming. Instead of being sold only in local markets, strawberries and crops such as lettuce, cabbage and mel ...

Dec 4, 2020

Resourceful Aging

By Cece Nunn, posted Dec 4, 2020

Amber Smith and Andrew Zel­din meet people in their 60s who have continued working past retirement age for a variety of reasons.   “We have some folks that have been fortunate enough to have saved and been able to plan for their retirement, and then we have some individuals that unfortunately for whatever life circumstances, they ei­ther weren’t ...

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