Old gas station finally razed to make way for 7-Eleven

By on November 4, 2016

The store will have a bit of an old Nags Head look.

Construction of a 7-Eleven with a beach look at the old Shell station site in Nags Head is getting under way, and the store should be open for business by the end of April at the latest, a spokesperson for the company said.

Demolition and clearing on the property began earlier in the fall. This week, equipment and building material were being moved onto the site.

Located on the east side of U.S. 158 just north of Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the property was once home to a convenience store, gas station and service garage.

Abandoned some time ago, it had been in a dilapidated state for more than five years.

Town commissioners approved the 7-Eleven in August of 2015, but a dewatering project and associated permitting requirements held it up for nearly a full year. It was originally expected to be open by this past summer.

The old shell station, an eyesore for five years, is finally gone. (Rob Morris)

Plans include a 3,085-square-foot convenience store with a front porch, cedar-shake siding and a pitched roof. It will also house a fueling station with a canopy.

Under the plan, the traffic pattern at the site will be reconfigured, reducing the current four entrances down to just two. One entrance would be onto U.S. 158 and one onto N.C. 12. Vehicles entering onto U.S. 158 would be limited to right turns heading northward.

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