Support for Downtown Businesses During Coronavirus Challenges Wilmington, NC

Published: 03/18/2020

Yesterday, March 17, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order to close sit-down service at all bars and restaurants.  While retail stores are unaffected by this order, many merchants are reporting lower than normal customer traffic.


With this turbulence, Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) and the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) are working with small businesses and multiple partners to help promote our local shops.  The focus is a list of shops that remain open in Downtown.  As several restaurants have revised operations to provide curb-side pick-up, take out or delivery services, these eateries are also identified.  


The restaurant list and retail list is posted at and will be updated frequently.  Information will also be on WDI’s Facebook page.


The City of Wilmington is also supporting the initiative.  To provide quicker and easier access, the City is designating some on-street parking spaces for customers picking-up items or for delivery drivers.  These spaces are free to use and generally located at the corners of many Downtown intersections.  The spaces can be used for quick visits to shops and restaurants and green signs are wrapped around the meters to designate the spots. 


“Downtown has over 225 shops, restaurants, breweries and pubs and WDI wants to do everything possible to help local businesses and employees,” said WDI Chair Dane Scalise.  “We are hopeful and optimistic about this new way to shop or eat from our locally-owned businesses during this challenging period,” he said. 


WDI will periodically update the list of businesses as changes occur.  People are encouraged to check in frequently.   



Ed Wolverton, WDI President & CEO                      Terry Espy, DBA Chair

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