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  Massive grocery store, shops, restaurants coming to growing area

  John Gizdic, former CEO at NHRMC, named to new role with Novant Health

  New Hanover County offers free drop-off tax preparation and filing service

  Cliff Cash: Comedian who says he’s Half Way There reaches #1 on iTunes (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  Community collaborative holds kick-off event for accelerator program winners

  “It’s just a vicious cycle”: College grads struggle amid pandemic

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  New owners of Holiday Inn Resort promise upgrades

Bitty & Beau’s announces 5th franchise at another North Carolina location

  Indochine opens express location in Monkey Junction

  Hope for the holidays: Christmas shops in the Cape Fear plan for a boost in sales

  Bitty & Beau’s Coffee announces fourth franchise location: Waco, Texas

  A tale of two summers: Tourism data shows beaches boomed while inland areas suffered

  New Hanover says economic ranking drop a ‘blip,’ officials optimistic going into 2021

New Hanover County and Brunswick County moved from a Tier 3 (least economically distressed) to a Tier 2 (more economically distressed).

  Local businesses use Cyber Monday to reach more shoppers and keep sales up

For some shops, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales could mean the difference between staying open and being forced to close.

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop owners announce second franchise

Bitty & Beau’s, the Wilmington-based coffee store company, will now be serving their custom blend of java in Charlotte, N.C.

Court upholds hog verdict; Smithfield announces settlement

The case ruled upon Thursday by the appeals panel was the first that went to trial among dozens of lawsuits filed by more than 500 neighbors complaining about hog operations.

  New Hanover County selected for pilot program to develop digital tool for COVID-19 reopening

  North Carolina’s State Treasurer Dale Folwell talks about priorities for a second term

  City Council approves purchase of new camera system for SABLE, extends Downtown Alive parklet program and residential parking permits

  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on importance of $16 million grant to Wilmington port

  Southport-Oak Island restaurants hope for more business during annual restaurant week

  Wilmington City Council approves changes to land development code for mixed use projects

  Sold: New Hanover County Commission approves agreement with Novant Health for NHRMC

After months of debate, meetings and consideration of documents, the future of NHRMC has been decided.

New stores begin to open, renovations continue at Independence Mall

A year after construction began, work continues and some stores begin to open.

  Commissioners identify five individuals to serve on hospital community foundation board

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has identified five individuals to serve as the county’s initial appointments to the governing board of the proposed Community Endowment.

  NHRMC Board of Trustees votes on the Asset Purchase Agreement for the proposed partnership with Novant Health

The NHRMC Board of Trustees cast its final vote Thursday on the proposed partnership with Novant Health

CFCC Small Business Center receives funding to support local businesses

For the third time, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC)’s Small Business Center has received $50,000 from the NC Legislature to assist local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

  Bar owners eager to open but have questions

Jamie Jordan has been waiting months to hear the news that he can start serving drinks at his bar, the Coat of Arms Lounge.

  UNCW hosts 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Conference

The conference is free and virtual for the entire community.

Canines for Service appoints new executive director

Bethany Leighton has been named the next executive director of Canines for Service beginning October 5, 2020.

LGC offers insight into bylaws for proposed $1.25 billion community foundation from sale of NHRMC

The Foundation, as proposed, would, more likely than not, be considered a local government and would therefore be subject to state laws regarding investment of the funds.

  Class action suit filed over ‘disgusting and unacceptable’ housing conditions at Camp Lejeune

The lawsuit alleges that military families have had to live with disgusting and unacceptable conditions in housing units they lease at Camp Lejeune.

Attorney General reaches $120,000 settlement with eastern N.C. real estate business

The N.C. Attorney General’s Office and a real estate business that operates in the eastern part of the state have reached a settlement to resolve a lawsuit over alleged home-buying schemes.

  “Save Our Town America” helps local business during COVID-19

Since March, the coronavirus has put a strain on local businesses; unfortunately, some haven’t survived and have closed for good.

  New Hanover County and NHRMC share final asset purchase agreement, announce public hearing

Community input is requested for the final asset purchase agreement of New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), just released by New Hanover County (NHC), Friday.

PAG addresses more concerns about future hospital partnership at fourth community meeting

A year into the exploration process for the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) held its fourth virtual community forum Tuesday night to address questions and concerns from the public.

USDA awards grant to ATMC to bring high speed internet to rural Pender County

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded ATMC a $21.6 million grant to help expand high-speed internet access to over 7,000 addresses in rural Pender County.

  Tourism Development Authority among industry groups looking to Congress for relief

Like many tourism-related businesses across the country, the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority has taken a hard hit because of the coronavirus pandemic. The industry is asking Congress for help, and to be included in the next round of federal coronavirus relief.

WDI launches search for new president/CEO

Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) has formed a search committee for a new president/CEO after Ed Wolverton stepped down in July.

  Pravda and KGB reinvented as cafes in order to reopen

Something new is brewing at two downtown Wilmington businesses, closed since the start of the pandemic in March

NHC and Partnership Advisory Group to meet virtually to refine agreement

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Partnership Advisory Group and New Hanover County will meet Wednesday September 9 at 5 p.m. to share input and vote on key terms and conditions to be included in the agreement with Novant Health.

Gov. Cooper extends N.C.’s curfew on late-night alcohol sales until October

Just hours before the curfew was set to expire, Gov. Cooper announced it would be extended through Oct. 2.

  The event industry works to adapt amid COVID-19 pandemic

Local event venues and catering companies speak out about the struggles they've faced this year and how they've adapted.

Owners of Mayfaire Town Center to file for bankruptcy

The owners of Mayfaire Town Center, CBL Properties, plan to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks.

Governor Cooper announces economic development grants for rural communities

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved grant requests from local communities for more than $4 million, including close to $867,000 for Columbus County, August 20.

  Stein Mart in Wilmington set to close its doors

Stein Mart in Wilmington appears set to close its doors after the company announced last week that it was filing for bankruptcy and would shutter a significant number of locations.

  NC Treasurer says state employees’ pension plan has rebounded from pandemic-driven losses

North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell says the state employees’ pension plan, also known as the North Carolina Retirement System, has rebounded from losses suffered during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and now has more value than it did at the end of last year

  Downtown Alive, put into place to allow for social distancing at businesses due to COVID-19, eyes expansion

Organizers are eyeing an expansion of the successful Downtown Alive program, which gave restaurants and retail shops the opportunity to take up more space outdoors to allow for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

  Job outlook improves in Cape Fear region, according to NCWorks

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  John Gizdic & Carl Armato: The CEOs behind the multi-billion dollar sale of NHRMC to Novant Health (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

John Gizdic, President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and Carl Armato, President and CEO of Novant Health, are guests on this week's "1on1 with jon Evans" podcast, discussing Novant's proposed acquisition of NHRMC and what it will mean to healthcare in southeastern NC.

Downtown’s Water Street project reaches new milestone

After years of back-to-back construction and infrastructure projects, the section of Water Street between Walnut and Princess Streets in downtown Wilmington is finally open to vehicular traffic.

ILM receives federal grant for infrastructure and safety

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Tuesday that Wilmington International Airport will receive more than $21.1 million for terminal building expansion.

Community-wide forums will address public concerns about NHRMC’s proposed partnership

The Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) is holding online forums to answer questions from the community about the proposed partnership between New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) and Novant Health.

nCino makes big splash in stock market

nCino, which is headquartered right here in Wilmington, has soared to 195% on its debut.

Wilmington gets its first Potbelly Sandwich Shop

The restaurant chain has been around in other parts of the country for more than 40 years, but Wilmington is getting its very first Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

  COVID-19 surcharge: why some businesses are tacking on an extra fee to your bill

Businesses are adding fees to help cover various costs that allow them to stay open during the pandemic.

  NC Bar and Tavern Association calls governor’s Phase 2 extension ‘death warrant’ for local bars

Many North Carolina bars have been closed more than 100 days because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many owners believe their businesses should have been included in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening. Now that phase is extended, and bars will be closed at least three more weeks.

  Lt. Gov. Forest says he’s suing Gov. Cooper for violating Emergency Management Act

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest plans to sue Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration for violating the Emergency Management Act, according to a Thursday statement from Forest.

Local leaders discuss sale of hospital during Power Breakfast: The Decision

The sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center was the topic of discussion at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s 2020 Power Breakfast on Thursday.

  Atrium Health announces new $2 billion purchase offer for NHRMC

Atrium Health confirmed its intention to be the number one choice for New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) by submitting an additional $2 billion purchase option Wednesday.

  Castle Street property redevelopment moves forward to next stage

Wilmington City Council approved a resolution to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hipp Architecture & Development, PC to redevelop the property at 1110 Castle Street.

  COVID casualty: Harrell’s Department Store to close after 117 years

Harrell's Department Store in Burgaw is closing next month after 117 years in business.

Redevelopment of New Hanover County Government Center moves forward

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a development agreement Monday with Cape Fear FD Stonewater to enter a public-private partnership to redevelop the Government Center site.

  Wilmington City Council looks to close roads, add more outdoor dining downtown

The city is figuring out logistics to temporarily close roads so downtown restaurant patrons could eat at tables set up on the street outside of their restaurants.

  The Partnership Advisory Group hears the final presentation from a potential NHRMC partner

Representatives from Atrium Health made a presentation Thursday night on their vision of a partnership with New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  Gov. Cooper vetoes bill that would have allowed N.C. bars to reopen

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill state legislators passed to allow bars to reopen in the state during the coronavirus pandemic.

  New Hanover County’s small business grant program is accepting applications

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.3 million grant program at Monday’s public hearing to provide grants to businesses impacted by COVID-19.

  Commissioners make decisions on several developments

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted on three large mixed-use development proposals at its regular board meeting held Monday at 4 p.m.

Fair Bluff receives $4.8 million EDA grant to establish small business center

The EDA grant will be matched with $1.2 million in local investment and is expected to create or retain 60 jobs and spur $2.4 million in private investment.

  Count on Me NC: Cape Fear businesses take pledge to keep customers, employees safe and healthy

Nearly 700 businesses in North Carolina have done the COVID-19 training developed by health officials.

  Salons prepare to reopen for phase two, gyms continue to wait

More businesses plan to reopen their doors once they get the go ahead from Gov. Cooper.

  'We kind of have to change our identity’: Restaurants, bars make changes as they prepare to reopen once phase two begins

Businesses in the Cape Fear are unsure when Phase Two of Gov. Cooper's reopening plan will begin, but some say they'll be ready when it does.

  Brunswick Co. Commissioners vote not to fund WAVE Transit route for FY21

Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday night chose not to spend $32,072 to cover the next fiscal year’s funding for the Brunswick Connector, the WAVE Transit route that reaches into the northern part of their county through Leland and Navassa.

  Paying for college during a pandemic

Because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, parents and their children may find themselves in a different financial situation than where they were when they filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  Dentist offices reopen under strict health and safety precautions

Dentist offices are reopening their doors now that North Carolina is slowly reopening.

  Cape Fear Talent survey to help prepare workers for jobs of tomorrow

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Collective and RTI International are on a mission to survey 500 businesses in the Cape Fear to determine the industries that will see the highest growth rates and to find out what skills are needed to help regional employers grow and prosper.

  Wilmington bank processes thousands of PPP loans, allowing businesses and non-profits to stay afloat

Live Oak Bank processed 600 loans in the Wilmington community. Daniels Tours LLC received one of those loans which has helped him keep employees on the payroll.

Peter Hans: President of NC Community Colleges hopes campuses can fully reopen in fall (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

The coronavirus pandemic could cost North Carolina’s Community College System $2 billion. NCCCS President Peter Hans joins the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, to talk about how the system is working to meet new challenges, while preparing to keep students and employees safe on campuses.

Charlotte tattoo shop owner feels no choice but to reopen despite N.C. ‘Stay At Home’ order

The owner of Marc Wade tattoo shop in east Charlotte says he’s a law-abiding citizen and always follows the rules under normal circumstances. But the times we live in are anything but normal.

  Restaurants, breweries wonder what’s next for their business once NHC restrictions expire

With NHC lifting their restrictions Wednesday, restaurants and breweries can now allow customers inside to take their purchases to go.