WDI Welcomes New Businesses to Downtown


WDI is proud to welcome several new businesses to downtown Wilmington: Marrakesh, Village Market and The Wonder Shop.

After years of operating in Jacksonville, Sam Marrakesh decided to expand his successful restaurant to Wilmington. Marrakesh, a Mediterranean restaurant, will be located in the previous Rum Runners’ space at 21 North Front Street. Sam anticipates opening within the next six to eight weeks, depending on inspections. Customers should expect a “traditional exotic Mediterranean/Moroccan atmosphere along with a family style dining experience in addition to an authentic Mediterranean cuisine from the middle eastern, north African to Greek favorites,” according to the owner. Entrées will range from $10 to $24. Sam also plans on incorporating a lounge atmosphere appropriate for entertainment and special events. The restaurant will likely employ a total of 30 staff members, including: wait staff, bartenders, managers and kitchen employees. Resumes can be emailed to sam.marrakesh@gmail.com. The hours of operation will be 10am – 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 10am – 2am Thursday through Saturday.
Phone: (910) 546-2358
Website (under construction): www.marrakeshwilmington.com

Owner Ayoub Abdelhamid recently opened a third location of Village Market at 1 North Front Street. The former Tom’s Drug building took over a year of renovations. The owner implemented many changes to the floor plan and installed new windows and fixtures, among other repairs. The store is stocked with snacks and beverages, and plans to feature more grocery products in the future.
Store Hours: 8am – 12am every day
Phone: (910) 632-2806

The Wonder Shop, located at 22 North Front Street, opened its doors on August 20. The building was completely renovated in preparation for opening the shop. Owner Kelsey Gibbs says, “The property owner, Ed Peacock, with Waldkirch & Saunders Co., did a ton of work to get the building in top shape. It was a lengthy process and I’m grateful to have such a gorgeous space.” Customers will find one of a kind pieces at The Wonder Shop: iconic staples, vintage items that mirror current trends, new clothing brands and shoes. The store offers a variety of prices, and you can find a modern vintage outfit for men and women – moms and daughters. Check out WWAY’s coverage of The Wonder Shop below for a history of how the store got its name.
Store Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm, Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm
Phone: (910) 763-1982
Website: http://www.facebook.com/thewondershop

By Ashley Hanners


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