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‘Major’ retail shopping center coming to Brunswick County

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Officials said a major retail shopping center could make its way into the county, with developers looking to make official plans in six to eight months. The area that looks the best, economic developers said, is the Supply area. Residents are excited about the economic impact, even though it could mean a lot of changes in the area.

Resident Terry Belamy has enjoyed the quiet nature of the are for almost 20 years.

“Listen to this. Listen to this. Listen to how quiet it is. There’s no traffic. There’s nobody. I’m probably the only one home today,” Belamy said.

But Belamy knows, that will not be the future of Brunswick County.

“You can’t stop the growth here. It’s going to grow. At this pace. You can’t slow it down.”

He’s right. Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw says the county is the fastest growing in the state.

“We have over 120,000 people and it’s continuing to grow. 2200 building permits in the last year alone,” Bradshaw said. “We are seeing a lot of potential retail sales and taxes leaving this area and going to other communities so we want to encourage that to stay in Brunswick County.”

Right now, they have a developer looking to put a retail shopping center in Supply. The plans are not finalized, so Bradshaw could not release the name of that developer.

Belamy says that shopping center could affect their quiet neighborhood.

“It’s going to be tremendously busy. They’re going to have to do something about the growing traffic problem on 211 as it is,” Belamy said.

Belamy knows, however, the county needs a project like this one.

“Anything for the economy in Brunswick County to boost it is not a bad decision.”

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