Wilmington shops to governor: We are open for business

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Roy Cooper was back in Wilmington this morning getting a look for himself at something a lot of people here want everyone to know: The Port City is open for business.

The governor visited four shops along Market Street between Front and Water streets near the Wilmington riverfront. He talked to owners and employees about how Hurricane Florence affected them and the businesses.

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Wilmington Downtown Inc. chief Ed Wolverton led the governor on the short tour and told him that many businesses are back up and running, but that they needed the message to spread beyond downtown that people can come to shop, dine and more. Business owners we spoke with said the only logistical hurdle for visitors is a few inches of water on Water Street at high tide, which many cars were still able to drive through around lunchtime today.

Gov. Cooper said getting businesses back online is key to the recovery from Florence, because it means more jobs to help people affected by the storm get back on their feet.