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Jul 26, 2022

Father And Son Buy Longtime Wilmington Awning Business

By Staff Reports, posted Jul 26, 2022

A Wilmington business that started in 1977 is under new ownership. Holden Quinn and his father, Kim Quinn, bought Wilmington Awning, Shutter & Shade in a deal finalized in June, according to a news release from MidStreet Mergers and Acquisitions, which advised the previous owner in the deal. The transaction's financial details were not disclosed. Founded by J ...

Jul 19, 2022

A national women's clothing retailer is shuttering one of its Wilmington stores. An email to Talbots customers Tuesday said the store at 3607 Oleander Drive will close Saturday but also stated, "This isn't goodbye," encouraging shoppers to visit the Talbots at Mayfaire. In an email Wednesday, a Talbots spokesperson said, "Our lease expired at t ...

Jun 27, 2022

Last week, doors to the much-anticipated Total Wine & More quietly opened, as the Wilmington location readies for an official grand opening Thursday. Taking over the short-lived Earth Fare on Eastwood Road, Total Wine & More delivers what its name suggests: international and local wine and beer from a wide range of price points, drinking-related accessories and ...

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Becoming a Breakout City: Bring on the Remote Workers

Posted Mar 23, 2022
The Wilmington Chamber's current strategic plan calls for our chamber to be collaborative, innovative, and inclusive, among other priorities. With those overarching goals in mind, we are thrilled to be the first local chamber in our country to welcome individual remote workers to our membership. Attracting and retaining people to live and work in our community, regardless of the location of th...read entire article
Jun 15, 2022

Open for less than a year, the Simply Mac location at Mayfaire Town Center closed recently, and Simply Mac’s parent company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week. The Wilmington store, which offered used Apple products and repairs, opened at 6837 Main St. in July 2021. Paige Coniglio, spokeswoman for Mayfaire, said the space, which still held Simply Mac items o ...

Jun 3, 2022

Taking Note Of Childhood Dream

By Cece Nunn, posted Jun 3, 2022

Kirsten Lovan grew up in downtown Wilmington, in a house on the same block as the old Coca-Cola bottling plant. Her mother worked as the chef at Caffe Phoenix for well over a decade, and Lovan attended downtown schools.   Looking back, Lovan said, owning a downtown store was kind of a childhood dream, and one store in particular – Occasions … Just Write ...

May 13, 2022

New Owners Of Downtown Store Plan To Make Their Mark

By Cece Nunn, posted May 13, 2022

At around 10 years old, Kirsten Lovan discovered a downtown store that stuck with her to adulthood.  Lovan's family lived in downtown Wilmington, and her mother was a chef at Caffe Phoenix, a popular Front Street restaurant that closed in 2012. So Lovan grew up downtown, where a store in The Cotton Exchange at 313 N. Front St. grabbed her attention an ...

May 13, 2022

Amy Grant tried to find more room for her business in downtown Wilmington. "I hunted and hunted. I looked for a long time," said Grant, owner of Art in Bloom Gallery, "but it’s just booming. All the spaces that I thought we might be able to be in, they just weren’t available, which is a good sign for our economy." Grant is in the ...

Mar 1, 2022

New clothing stores are opening soon at Mayfaire Town Center, including Blush Clothier and Isa Roe Boutique. A grand opening for Blush Clothier, which offers trendy and classic teen and women’s clothing, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday, while the celebration of Isa Roe, a clothing store for young teen girls, is expected to take place around the first week ...

Jan 24, 2022

National Retailer Coming To Former Earth Fare Space

By Cece Nunn, posted Jan 24, 2022

A Wilmington location of Total Wine & More is expected to open in the former Earth Fare grocery store on Military Cutoff Road. The beer and wine store is coming to the nearly 23,000-square-foot space in Renaissance Market, 943 Military Cutoff Road, with an opening expected this year. Online building permit application records show a commercial interior demoliti ...

Jan 18, 2022

Local Grocery Stores Cope With Supply Chain Disruptions

By Scott Nunn, posted Jan 18, 2022

Although there appears to be plenty of toilet tissue and paper towels on the shelves, grocery chains nationwide are being hit hard by the resurgence in COVID-19 cases, notably the supply-chain issues affecting many other large retailers. In a Friday email to customers, North Carolina-based Harris Teeter said, “We are living in unprecedented times when it comes to ...

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