NCDOT widening project to close several Wilmington businesses
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Seven businesses will have to close or be relocated in order to make way for a widening project at South Front Street and Carolina Beach Road.
The NC Department of Transportation confirms that Han-Dee Hugos, Performance Cycles of Wilmington, The Dubliner Pub and Patio, Reynolds Body and Paint Shop, Roy’s Carburetor and Tune-up Services and two properties owned by JT Lee and Sons will be taken.
The process to acquire the properties could take anywhere from six months to about a year. At least one business owner says he hasn’t received any notice from NCDOT.
“I have not been contacted whatsoever,” said Joe Petersen, owner of Performance Cycles of Wilmington. “Whether it be formally in writing, a formal phone call, absolutely no contact from DOT as to what’s happening.”
Petersen says he first learned of the project at a town meeting last year, but logistics had not yet been figured out. He says other than environmental testing done on his property by NCDOT, he has had no other contact with them about the fate of his property.
“The only thing we hear is second-hand, social media, neighbors, that type of stuff,” said Petersen.
Next month he’ll be celebrating six years at his current location on Carolina Beach Road. He says if he’s forced to leave, he will open up shop somewhere else in the Cape Fear.
“[We] just purchased a $30,000 piece of equipment. It’s a Dynojet Dyno 250i. So we’re continuing investing in our business, with the anticipation of servicing the people of the community for years to come,” said Petersen.
Right next door to Performance Cycles of Wilmington is The Dubliner Pub and Patio, where staff are preparing for their busiest day of the year.
Now they must face the reality that this will likely be their last St. Patrick’s Day at this location.
“It’s the end of an era, I mean it’s sad to see this place go, there’s so many relationships that you’ve built with these customers over the years, and with the community,” said manager Rob Potts.
Potts says they will likely be closed by Christmas, and they hope to move the bar to a new location.