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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — To kick off the holiday season, downtown on-street parking was free both on Thanksgiving day and Friday.

Parking downtown can be a hassle with the crowds and meter parking, but for two days visitors got to come down free of charge. Business owners say they hope the incentive will bring Black Friday shoppers downtown and spend money at their stores.

“The stores downtown are so unique,” said Michael Lambrix, owner of Candles Etc. “They have different items than you’re going to find at the big corporate stores in the mall. I think once people have that little bit of incentive such as the free parking a lot more people will come down. Downtown is a great place and we have some great things down here.”

City parking decks were also free of charge Thanksgiving day.

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  • Justin LaNasa

    From who,,,Park Wilmington ,,, City Council,, City Manager.What nice people giving a little back to the community after taking sooo much.

  • Guest55555

    Why don’t you do some research and find out? If you want to be on city council (and be one of those “nice people” that you love to hate), don’t depend on a news article (or a news agency) to find out for you. Here’s a thought…pick up the phone and call the city manager’s office and ASK…I bet they’ll tell even you.

  • Guest7969

    too little…too late…things aren’t SO unique that I cannot find them on Ebay…I gave up on downtown shopping LONG ago! Wilmington leadership doesn’t want my business down there…or so it seems and you guys just keep voting them back in.

  • Paul

    What good is this information now? Would have been nice to know this from the city before they did it.
    I probably would have come down there.


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