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BUILDING HISTORY: Hall's Drug Store

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- “In 1901 my grandfather had just gotten out of Pharmacy school, he opened up Hall's Drug store.” Alex Hall told us.

He opened it across the street, when he moved so did the history of Hall’s.

“Then he bought this corner of Fifth and Castle in 1927 and they moved here.” Hall said.

That would not be the end of it. The building and the business stayed in the Hall family.

“My father bought it from his dad in 1953 and doubled the size of it to the foot print it is today.” Hall owns the building today.

The Hall name stands out in Wilmington. Alex’ Grandfather was on the County Commission for 30 years, then his Dad for another 20 years.

“There was a lot of politics took place in this building, that’s why they called it the capital of Dry Pond.” Hall reported.

Dry Pond is an old neighborhood name and like Hall’s it sticks, even when there is a new business in place.

“Some people call it RX, some call it pharmacy, or prescription or the drug store from people who know it as Hall’s and have known it for years.” Said James Doss.

James owns the RX Restaurant and while he has only had it here for just over a year people still like to tell stories of past events on this corner.

“One regular of our came in as a salesman and said his parents met here.” Doss said.

RX is part of the Castle Street neighborhood which is growing new businesses in an established setting. RX fits right in.

“Not only are we serving local food we are serving local people. A lot of restaurants in Wilmington need the tourist business and we have built ours around the neighborhood.” Said Doss.

RX Restaurant specializes in fresh local and North Carolina ingredients.

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