About the Shops at Hanover Center

Hanover Center is a 320,000 square foot community shopping center, located in the geographical center of Wilmington and New Hanover County, NC, at the intersection of Oleander Drive/US 76 and Independence Boulevard. Tenants include Harris Teeter, Talbot’s, Stein Mart, Office Depot, Pier One, Books-A-Million, Rite Aid, and more. See our directory here. Hanover Center is directly across the street from Independence Mall and anchors Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, and JC Penny.

Hanover Center has been Wilmington’s original shopping destination since 1956. No where else can you find everything you need in one great location. We are located in the heart of Wilmington at the intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard, directly across from Independence Mall. Plenty of storefront parking provides easy access to some of Wilmington’s finest stores. Check out this website for a tour.

Whether you’re a Wilmingtonian or a visitor to our wonderful Cape Fear Coast, Hanover Center is the place to be for convenience, style, and value.

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Hanover Center Outdoor Fountain

History

Scroll through the timeline and click on the dates to learn about the history of Hanover Center:

1956
1964
1970’s
1990’s
2000’s

1956

Hanover Center opened its doors February 15, 1956. A beautiful port city, Wilmington was growing and the area needed a central shopping center where a family could find virtually everything they needed. The brain child of visionary Hugh MacRae ll, Hanover Center’s carefully selected businesses offered one stop-shopping and over the top customer service. It was a mandate then and still is today.

1964

August 19 1964 Sears moved in, providing jobs for 225 workers and there was no looking back.

1970’s

Wilmington grew up at Hanover Center. It’s location between downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach was where folks wanted to live and property values and growth in the area benefitted accordingly.

1990’s

Over the years stores changed. Today The Shops at Hanover Center proudly celebrate their continued success as Wilmington’s one stop shopping destination for virtually everything a family could need.

2000’s

The Shops at Hanover Center are anchored by stores Harris Teeter, Office Max, Books A Million, Stein Mart, Hobby Lobby, Wilmington’s only cafeteria, plus 4 banks, O2Fitness, Sola Salon with 23 independent stylists, 6 eateries, Omega Sports, Great Outdoor Provisions and many more. Located in the heart of Wilmington with store front parking, The Shops at Hanover Center continue to provide Wilmington with an unmatched, orchestrated mix of stores and services.

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