ABC Store Groundbreaking

On Tuesday, local officials and project managers gathered to break ground for the new ABC Store.

Hillsborough will soon be the home of the largest freestanding ABC store in Orange County.

The store will be located in the Oakdale Shopping Center on Old NC Highway 86, situated closest to the road. The building will be among the last few businesses that will be constructed in the center that includes Pizza Hut and Jersey Mike’s, and is adjacent to UNC Family Medicine at Hillsborough, among others.

This forthcoming store will replace the current ABC store located at 112 John Earl St., near Bojangles off South Churton Street. No other county ABC stores will be affected.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Hillsborough/ Orange County Chamber of Commerce CEO and Board Members, Representatives from Summit Design and Engineering, Orange County ABC Board Members, and local elected officials gathered at the site to celebrate the ground breaking. The store is expected to be completed in late October.

The project, lead by the Orange County ABC Board, will cost a little more than $3 million, with the land $1 million and design and construction costing approximately $2.1 million, according to Tony DuBois, General Manager of the Orange County ABC Board. The property and project has been appraised for more than the combination of those two figures, DuBois said.

Contractors Summit Design and Engineering have created a building that will be aesthetically pleasing to customers and drivers passing by.

“The design element is really something that’s going to tie into the shopping center but also be really part of the community,” DuBois said. “It’s going to be a little bit different. It’s going to look like a store you might see in the mountains.”

The exterior will have elements of stone, large glass windows, and “a ton” of trees around the property.

The property was acquired approximately two years ago, and the approval process started just a year ago.

“We’re always just glad to see new projects coming up here in Hillsborough to make this area much more vibrant,” Mayor Tom Stevens said on Tuesday. “We surely want to promote responsible beverage consumption throughout the county. I just understand this is going to be a fabulous store.”