Havelock High cadets attack cleanup of shopping center

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 09:25 PM.

“I came here back in 1952,” Chaney said. “It was a thriving shopping center back in the ’50s.”

Besides the grocery store and theater, the shopping center had a barber shop, the U.S. Post Office, a bank, a bakery, a pharmacy and a florist, she said.

“This was a jumping place. I worked in the bakery for a while,” Chaney said.

One reason the shopping center did so well was that there was a U.S. government housing complex occupied by base military personnel and their families next door, she said. That’s been gone for years now and the shopping center has steadily seen less business.

Coffelt said those driving on East Main Street simply don’t know the complex is there.

“It has the potential for a lot of life,” Coffelt said. “People don’t know we’re back here.”

Phyllis Mento, owner of Mento Real Estate Services, another renter in the shopping center, organized the cleanup.

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