Owner plans 'dream store' outside Havelock

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 01:36 AM.

But, he said residents and drivers along U.S. 70 may just want to go inside.

“We’re going to have food, pizza and other items. We’re going to have a beer cave,” he said. “You can drive-thru or you can stop in for five minutes.”

Patel said the shell of the building is nearly complete, and the canopy for the gas pumps is now up. The gas tanks have already been installed, and soon the paving will take place. He is hopeful the store can open in June – if the weather cooperates.

“We’ll need some nice weather for about a week for the paving,” he said. “We’ve had the worst weather. As soon as we decided to start construction, the weather was bad. We’ve had to wait a couple three days to do the construction.”

Patel, a staunch opponent of the N.C. Department of Transportation East Main Street median project that he said has cut off his other two stores, said he picked the location across from Tucker Creek because it was outside of the city and away from the median.

“It is a good location,” he said, noting it will be the first place drivers come to as they enter Havelock or make their way to Cherry Point. “It’s right outside the city, and they’ll be people going to the beach who will stop.”

He also said the location would be good for residents of the Hickman Hill area as well as for those in Tucker Creek, who would no longer have to drive into Havelock and through three traffic lights to get gas.



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