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Grocery tops list of most coveted for the Wilmington area

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The most coveted business was a discount grocery chain, according to viewers. The most coveted business was a discount grocery chain, according to viewers.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Groceries and food are top of mind for what consumers want to see come to the Wilmington area, according to an unscientific poll conducted over the last week.

Over the Christmas holiday, WECT General Manager Gary McNair asked viewers to sound off in the "My Turn Your Turn" segment on what new businesses they hoped to see set up shop in the Wilmington area.   

The name we heard the most was Aldi, which is a discount grocery store that operates in 32 states.  According to its website, the closest Aldi to the Wilmington area is nearly 70 miles away in Lumberton.

Multiple viewers also recommended bringing an Ikea, Popeyes and Cheesecake Factory to the Port City.

Others receiving votes: Boston Market, Dave & Busters, Sheetz, WaWa, Red Lobster, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, Joe's Crab Shack, Long John Silver, Ted's Montana Grill, 7/11, Baja Fresh, Apple Store, PF Changs, Nordstrom, Fairway Market, Jersey Boy Bagels, Steak ‘N Shake, Total Wine, Bob Evans, Wegmans Food Market, Denny's and a Sweet Tomatoes.  Some of those who responded said they'd also like to see an extra Cracker Barrel and Krispy Kreme.

Outside of businesses, some mentioned that Wilmington needs a passenger rail service and event coliseum as well.

In recent years, efforts by citizens to vocally recruit a Whole Foods and Chipotle to the area were successful, although not necessarily due to the petition drives.

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