1800 E. FRANKLIN ST. #40 / ABC STORE NO. 2

1800 E. FRANKLIN ST. #40 / ABC STORE NO. 2

1800
,
Chapel Hill
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1959
/ Modified in
1961, 2016
Construction type: 
,
Type: 
Use: 

Orange County's ABC Store #2, built in 1959 in the Eastgate Shopping Center. A lot of UNC student and professor money went through this store.

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  • Sat, 11/28/2020 - 4:13pm by SteveR

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1800
,
Chapel Hill
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1959
/ Modified in
1961, 2016
Construction type: 
,
Type: 
Use: 

 

June 1959 (photo by Bill Prouty, via the Chapel Hill Weekly)

Expanding the original store, April 1961 (via the Chapel Hill Weekly)

View south, 1964 (via UNC Yackety Yack)

From the Daily Tar Heel, 1959

View north, circa 1964

View south, circa 1964

View north, 1961 (ABC store is circled in red) (via CHHS Hill Life)

 

The ABC Store No. 2 was built (on "Lot E") in the Eastgate Shopping Center in 1959. It opened for business June 5, 1959 at 10:00 am. It was expanded in April-May 1961 by 14 feet.

"The original ABC Store had a sales counter that ran the width of the store, limiting customer access to the products. Clerks provided customers with a list of available spirits, customers made their selections, and the clerks would bring the orders to the counter. The concept of self-service had not yet reached the ABC Store." (source unknown.)
 
An additional ABC store in downtown Chapel Hill (at 325 W. Franklin Street) was proposed but apparently never approved nor opened.
 
A few opinions, 1964 (via Daily Tar Heel)
 
It was a local landmark, 1966
 

It was a Boston Market for years. The building, after an extensive remodel in 2016, is now the restaurant Zoës Kitchen.

View east, 2003 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

View south, 2003 (via Chapel Hill Historical Society)

View south east, June 2019 (via Google Streetview)

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