Dual Supply, one of the longest lasting businesses on King Street, is set to move later this fall.
After over 40 years situated in the heart of Hillsborough, Dual Supply will move its hardware store to a building along U.S. 70 along St. Mary’s Road in October, according to owner Jeffrey Woods.
The new location will be near Woods Farm & Garden. The Woods family purchased the land last year. Construction on the building hasn’t started yet because the ground is too wet.
“I’m waiting on the ground to start drying so they can get in there and start grading,” Woods said.
The move is due to the reduction of parking space along King Street, Woods said.
“I’ve lost a lot of customers because of that. That’s really the only reason,” he said. “A lot of my contractors have to park in smaller places so when they pull in with these big trucks, if someone pulls up beside them, they can’t get out of their doors. There’s just no parking. It’s killing me.”
Having been on King Street since he was 8 years old, he is no stranger to the area. He says people have been parking in parallel spots outside his store for hours without any fear of receiving a ticket, even though there’s a posted one-hour time limit.
“There’s been a huge change,” Woods said. “You’ve got people who park out here all day long. You would think if they park out here all day, they would park up the street or someone else so that my customers could get in and get out.”
While other downtown businesses, namely along Nash Street, have been the subject of increased attention with the closing of Mystery Brewing and the sidewalk improvements construction, Woods says he’s been largely ignored despite talking to a member of the Hillsborough Downtown Revitalization Committee about keeping Dual Supply in its longtime location.
“They’ve replaced all the sidewalks downtown except from in front of my place,” Woods said. “I was told they ran out of money. Then I heard someone on [WHUP] radio talking about how much they were doing at West End ... My sidewalks has chunks. They replaced everyone else’s. Why didn’t they replace mine? I’ve paid taxes longer than any other person in town. I seem to be getting the rough end.”
This isn’t the first time parking has hurt a business that Woods owns. It forced him to close the Carolina Game & Fish tackle shop last October after 28 years in business.
“Nobody could get down here to buy minnows and stuff,” Woods said. “It was killing me.”
Woods sold the three buildings where Carolina Game & Fish was located, which he’s using to build the new Dual Supply location.
The hardware store was known as Western Auto until Jeffrey’s father Wesley purchased the store it in 1973.
Despite retail giant Home Depot opening at Hampton Pointe, Woods says his store offered items more suitable to contractors before space limitations forced his hand.
“I’ve lost contractors who have come in and bought plumbing and electrical stuff who can’t even come in and get their trucks in here,” Woods said. “They can’t find a parking space so they just leave and don’t come back. Home Depot is sucking up all of that. I’ve had plenty of people tell me that they told people at Home Depot, ‘You have to come to Dual Supply for that,’ but they couldn’t find a parking place so they don’t even attempt it anymore.”
Woods says the new location will be inside an 80x100 foot building. It will allow for more space, as well as a wider selection of items.
“There’s a lot of things I couldn’t carry anymore because the trucks couldn’t get downtown,” Woods said. “Things like concrete. They couldn’t unload it without blocking up downtown.”
Even with downtown congestion, there’s plenty inside Dual Supply that has built up over four decades that will require moving later this year. Exactly when that process will start hasn’t crossed Woods’ mind yet.
“It depends on the weather,” said Woods. “It has to dry up first. I’ve got the plans and the blueprints all set.”