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More space needed for ABC store

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The ABC Store in Ocean Isle Beach is too crowded, town commissioners argue.

The store’s lack of storage was discussed during the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting last Tuesday.

Planning director Justin Whiteside said at the current building, on Causeway Drive, popular liquor is purchased in bulk when its on sale. The current facility does not provide enough storage to do so. With the summer season approaching, Whiteside presented several options for the board to consider.

“They need storage space,” Commissioner Dean Walters said. “They just don’t have any storage, that’s a fact.”

The town received a quote for a permanent storage building, which could later be moved to a different location, at $23,000.

A temporary storage/office building can be rented for $225 per month. The temporary building is 8X20 square feet and is heated and cooled. It would be set-up on cinderblocks or 8X8s but won’t be elevated enough to the level of the store’s loading dock.

“It needs to be up at that level so it could roll right in,” Walters said.

Town administrator Daisy Ivey said the ABC board is looking into alternative options for temporary storage, as the town plans to move the store off the island.

“It would be another year before a move would take place, but we’re looking at a temporary building to help with storage issues,” Ivey said.

Ivey said the store would most likely be built “in the vicinity of the intersection of N.C. 179 and N.C. 904.”

“Right now they need a bigger facility, but we think being off the island would give them more exposure.”

Ivey said a decision on temporary storage should be made within the next 60-90 days.