Growth in Carolina Beach: 18 new businesses and dozens of new residential units in 2018Carolina…

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A new mixed-use development in downtown Carolina Beach, the Islander @ TownePlace, will is scheduled to open by spring 2019. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Justin Donaton)

CAROLINA BEACH — Wilmington has seen unprecedented growth over the past several years as more and more new residents flock to the area, but it’s not just the City of Wilmington that has seen that influx of new businesses and homes, the Town of Carolina Beach has also had its fair share of growth.

Last week the Town Council along with town staff met to discuss their achievements as well as future goals during an annual retreat.

In just one year, from 2017 to 2018, there was an increase of roughly 48-percent new residential units in Carolina Beach, with 77 new units in 2017 and 114 in 2018.

There was also an influx of commercial construction in 2018 with 11 new sites including:

  • Bryant Real Estate
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Multi-use building with 12 units and a restaurant
  • Multi-use building with three units and coffee shop
  • Multi-use building with one residential unit and an accounting office
  • Fork and Cork Restaurant
  • Dollar General
  • Publix shopping center with six units
  • St. Paul’s Church Fellowship Hall
  • Tony Silvagni Surf School and Rentals
  • Wendy’s
  • Carolina Beach Marina Expansion

There was plenty of new business activity on the island as well in 2018 with 18 new companies calling Carolina Beach home. These include:

  • Salty Chic
  • Doh to go
  • Mr. Bagel Meister
  • Carolina Smoke House
  • Soul Flavor
  • Biscuits and Bakery
  • CB Nail and Massage
  • Eat Flipside
  • Celtic Creamery
  • Carz Smart
  • Lake Park Steakhouse
  • Salt Fish
  • Sunny Rocks
  • Sea Legs Pedal Pub
  • Pawsitivly Puurfect Pet Spa
  • Frozen Lime
  • Alaia Juice Bar
  • Krazy Mike’z

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