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Retail on the rise; how Brunswick Co. is expanding

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A national marketing firm is coming to Brunswick County to study and make recommendations on how to expand retail development in the area. A national marketing firm is coming to Brunswick County to study and make recommendations on how to expand retail development in the area.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A national marketing firm is coming to Brunswick County to study and make recommendations on how to expand retail development in the area.

Economic development officials think this move will encourage more businesses to come to the county.

If you live in Brunswick County, it's no secret that there just aren't many places to shop. A lot of people have to drive to Wilmington or Myrtle Beach, so officials are taking some major steps to draw more developers to the area.

Brunswick County Economic Development Director, Jim Bradshaw said the county is looking to expand their range of business to welcome more retail developers.

In order to do that, they're working with a company that has a close working relationship with larger retailers. This comes at no cost to the public as the money used to hire this company comes from a private sector.

Bradshaw said he recognizes the importance of the existing small businesses in Brunswick County. However, when the study is completed, Bradshaw thinks larger retail companies will respect the results and look closer at Brunswick County for developing new locations.

"To get a power center or a living center into a community encourages other retailers to come around it," said Bradshaw. "So that will provide more opportunities for our citizens to shop or eat at restaurants and don't forget our tourists, they're an important part of our market as well."

A recent article from the North Carolina Business Magazine shows that Brunswick County's wealth has increased by $1.6 billion over the past 18 years. Brunswick County now ranks fourth in the entire state.

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