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Some Port City businesses see holiday shopping decline, others see normal patterns

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Not all sections of downtown Wilmington saw a boom in business this holiday season.

Several store managers in the Chandler's Wharf shopping center said that business was down this winter shopping season.  None of them could pinpoint an exact reason why shopping traffic was so slow.  None of them wanted to speak to WECT's cameras.

Doug Springer, Vice President of the Downtown Business Alliance, said he has already called a meeting of small businesses to discuss what can be done better to advertise local shopping.  He said he hopes the area can promote the Riverwalk and its businesses to a greater extent in the future.

Down Water Street, the Cotton Exchange shopping district saw normal holiday shopping traffic.

Nancy Bullock, manager of the Cotton Exchange, said that every store in the shopping center sold as much, if not more, than last year.  She thinks that bringing a live Santa to the shopping center on the weekends attracted more business. 

Susan Dillard, an employee at Two Sisters Bookery in the Cotton Exchange, said that this holiday shopping season was great for her employer.

"We've had a great season and a lot of our local patrons came in and then (we had) our tourist season," said Dillard.  "It's been exciting."

Springer said the Downtown Business Alliance has not seen the official sales numbers from the shopping period yet.

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