Coming off of Highway 17 to Leland, you can't help but run into Village Road, which has served as a main artery for the town for decades. Ezra Dale has called Leland home since 1951. He knew he wanted to own his own business in an up and coming town, and the prime location was on Village Road. "You had a lot of traffic on it because it was the only main road from here to Charlotte or Greensboro or whatever and there was a lot of traffic on it then,” Dale said. Ezra Dale is responsible for most of the development on Village Road; he owns most of the property. "Leland has come a long way. They had a hard time with water and sewer, once they got the sewer it started blossoming out pretty good." The owners of Shirley's Restaurant credit Village Road for much of their success. The restaurant has been part of Leland for more than thirty years. "I was the only one here with McDonald’s, but now you have twenty more restaurants and I'm still going strong,” said Shirley’s Restaurant owner Barry Jethwa. Village Road has seen plenty of changes over the years and will continue to see more. The town is planning to widen parts of the five-mile long road to relieve congestion, and improve traffic flow through town.
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