Expansion in Porters Neck could mean new business

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Submitted: Thu, 03/28/2013 - 2:29am
Updated: Thu, 03/28/2013 - 3:11am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tonight a Myrtle Beach developer proposed a major retail center on Market Street in Porters Neck. Paramount Development is reaching out to Walmart or a similar type tenant to be an anchor.

David Harner the company’s senior real estate manager says it looks like most of the people that showed up tonight support the project but there were some concerns.

The company is looking at about 245 thousand square feet of retail space on a combination of two properties, totaling 44 acres. The project would be at 8107 Market Street.

The development manager David Harner says he feels the project will be successful on this end of town because of the large number of people in the area. “The goods and services that we believe we’ll be able to bring to the project aren’t currently here and right now they have to drive six plus miles into town, through a very congested part of Market Street corridor to get to these goods and services,” Harner says.

Currently the land is vacant. Harner says the project is consistant with the county’s long-term vision for this property. Sam Burgess from the New Hanover County Planning Department says the project is too premature to comment on.

Harner says the shops and restaurants would be beside the anchor retailer, which usually takes up 50 percent of the space. He says they are going back to the drawing board to fix the problems they heard about tonight. “I think there’s natural concern with noise and safety and visibility and what the project would look like,” Harner says.

David Harner says the next project metting will be held next Tuesday. They are turning in the new plan in the beginning of April.


  • Guest Reply says:

    Go to Google.com on the internet…then click on MAPS (above the search bar)…then type in:
    “8107 market street Wilmington NC” (Hey…now you are there!)
    There’s even a Street View showing a big hunk of open land. Mind you…these images are a couple of years old at least…and that goes for most anywhere else you look up. Take a tour around the world for free. It has saved my wife and I thousands of dollars in travel fees!

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    It would be nice if the reporter had described where this, proposed, project would be built. Just providing the address (8108 Market Street) a waste of typed space for the 99% of readers who have, absolutely, no idea where that address is.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guestfellin says:

    The property is not vacant. There is a State Employee’s Credit Union there, not to mention a subdivision that is right next to it. The trees and vegetation are homes to wildlife and birds.

    If increased traffic, noise, pollution and crime are what’s needed by this “new business” (aka WAL MART), then I guess Porter’s Neck will get all of that and more.

  • Southernmomma says:

    Lloyd from Lloyds landscaping said he has seen a decrease in traffic!When & where!We keep building and building,which means more and more traffic!We have such a beautiful entrance way thanks to Lloyd!Plenty of debris stacked up!Buisiness owners want more buisness!What about us that have lived in ogden for 27 years!At first it was 2 lanes and then went to 4 lanes and the traffic has never improved!!!!There are shopping centers around wilmington now with empty spaces!Wake up!It is all about what the developers and the buisness people want!

  • Guest 123 says:

    Please not another Walmart! They treat their employees terrible. Give another retailer a chance…one that cares about their employees and has competive pricing for the public.

  • Vog46 says:

    Continues along highway 17 where people are building homes.
    As this happens the epicenter of influence for New Hanover county moves further up 17 and further away from down town.
    The city has got to get away from using funds to develop down town and come to the conclusion that down town as a retail center is a failed concept.
    People are working down town but they are not shopping or living there.


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