How a massive hospitality-and-service grant could save Wilmington restaurants and retail

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WILMINGTON, NC (STARNEWS) — Of the millions of dollars set aside for New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington through the American Rescue Plan, a portion of the funds will be distributed through a grant program for local retail and restaurants.

It’s meant to support those businesses that were hit the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, according to a Thursday press release from the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

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“Jobs in the restaurant, retail, hospitality, childcare, and leisure were wiped out in our community as businesses struggled to stay afloat,” said Natalie English, president and CEO of the Chamber.

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