Thursday, April 06, 2006

Kitty Hawk / Southern Shores Financial District

Kill Devil Hills has their cluster of fast food restaurants (McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, Domino's, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Arby's), more commonly known locally as "French Fry Alley". Even the 9-1-1 dispatchers will page emergency units to "French Fry Alley".

Nags Head has "Historic Row", a stretch along NC 12 (S. Virginia Dare Trail; locals call it "Beach Road") where the old, Nags Head Style beachfront cottages still stand, now being surrounded by the huge, modern, multi-million $$$ "McMansion" style, cottages

Now, Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores share the new Outer Banks Financial District. After the merger of Wachovia Bank and First Union Bank, Wachovia moved out of their office in the Market Place into the bank building occupied by First Union. Within the last six months, The Bank of Currituck moved into the former Wachovia space. About two months ago, East Carolina Bank opened their new branch and tore down the bank they vacated at the corner of US 158 and Juniper Trail. Across the street, at the entrance of McDonald's/WalMart, the corner, wooded lot was cleared and a new Gateway Bank will soon open. The strip of small shops, across from Wachovia, where the ABC store was located, along with the North China takeout restaurant, golf shop, and hairstylist shop, was torn down a few months ago, and is being replaced by yet another bank, BB&T.

The location of the old Kitty Hawk Building supply that closed several years ago was traded in a land swap deal with the Dare County ABC Board in order to reconfigure the traffic light intersection. Now that the intersection has been completed, a new ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control . . i.e. liquor store) is under construction.

For those that moved away and haven't been back in six months, you might think that you had made a wrong turn and ended up on another beach. Nearly every day, something is getting sold, torn down, burned down, built up, or name changed. Even locals are starting to have trouble giving directions . . ."It is located right next to . . . wait, it's not there anymore!"

The Bank of Currituck

East Carolina Bank

Gateway Bank


ABC Store


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