Durham ABC store to close

FROM STAFF REPORTSFebruary 2, 2010 

— After more than 50 years, Feb. 27 will be the last day of business for the ABC store at 905 Fayetteville St.

"It wasn't an issue around sales at the store," said Anna Branly, a marketing consultant working with the Durham County ABC Board. Rather, the store is out of date.

Built in the mid-1950s, the store is one of just two counter-service ABC stores left in Durham County, Branly said. The ABC Board has gradually replaced its old-style stores with self-service establishments.

The store's closing will leave the county with nine ABC stores. Those closest to the Fayetteville Street site are at 1930 Holloway St., 3620 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. and 2806 Hillsborough Road.

The Fayetteville Street store is one of the few vestiges of pre-urban renewal Hayti, Durham's original black neighborhood and business district. Most of Hayti was razed for the Durham Freeway in the 1960s and urban renewal in the 1970s.

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