Popular ice cream shop to expand to OBX with a retro look

By on June 7, 2018

Nu-Quality Ice Cream won approval Tuesday for plans to bring a drive-in shop to Southern Shores with a look reminiscent of the town’s historic flat-top cottages.

The original shop has been in Elizabeth City since 1960 and has grown in popularity across the region.

Owner Spiros Giannakopoulos told the Town Council that he and his wife live in Southern Shores and wanted to provide an ice cream shop for residents to enjoy year-round.

Giannakopoulos had to first win approval for a zoning text amendment that would allow small drive-ins within the commercial district along U.S. 158.

The board subsequently OK’d a conditional use permit unanimously, although Councilman Fred Newberry expressed some concerns about the possibility of too many small drive-ins popping up in town.

(Dare County GIS)

At 2,125 square feet, the property is wedged between two banks on U.S. 158 in front of the Marketplace shopping center. A 910-square-foot building will be able to serve walk-up customers who can also sit outside in 12 seats.

A drive-through includes a canopy and stacking room circling the building.

The text amendment requires at least 100 feet of frontage on U.S. 158.

The Council also approved a fiscal 2018-2019 budget of $6.35 million with no increase in the property tax rate of 22 cents per $100 of value.

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  • WombatNC

    Me likey ice cream! Looks cool!

    Friday, Jun 8 @ 4:23 pm
  • resident

    So much for the community garden

    Sunday, Jun 10 @ 9:32 am
  • Steve Gudas

    As an organizer with my wife Sally of the Southern Shores flat top tours statrting in 2013 we are delighted with this news as it increases awareness and appreciation of these historic structures.

    Sunday, Jun 10 @ 11:10 am
  • hightider

    People in Eliz City love the original business; I would rather see an ice cream drive through than another fast food/junk food place or an eatery with a large obtrusive sign. Good luck to them.

    Monday, Jun 11 @ 7:37 am
  • El rico

    Is this real ice cream,or the crap from Dairy Queen?

    Monday, Jun 11 @ 8:21 am