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Local gas station changing hands

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A local corner store will be changing hands Tuesday. Monday is the last day the Shell gas station on the corner of Third Street and Red Cross will be Tops Mart. Long-time managers threw a farewell party Saturday to say thank you and good-bye to their loyal locals.

“It's just the people that I'll miss. The customers are like family” said Manager Louise Tarlton.

“We all just gonna miss Tops and the people that have been here so many years,” said long-time customer Catherine Grantham.

New employee Paul Whitehouse said, “It's terrible that the economy is such as it is, and all of us are gonna lose our jobs. There's people that's worked here over twenty years, and this is all they've done for the past twenty years, and they have no place to go.”

“I am sorry, and I'm glad for the other people, but I've been here 76 years.”

“They're really really like family. It's so laid back here. They come get their coffee in the morning, and it's just the same thing every day, and it just feels so comfortable being here. This was our home away from home.”

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I read what Mr.Whitehouse said about everybody losing their jobs; why ? It says, "store changing hands", not closing for good so why can't they keep their jobs with the new owner ?


the new owners chose not to even interview the tops employees are bringing in their own crew

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I have worked downtonw for 30 years, and have always ALWAYS had a pleasurable experience when stopping in. The staff was friendly and engaged you, never ignored you.. you always got a * Have a good day, baby..* the music they played if you didn't have to go inside for anything while getting gas, gave you a good feeling. A shame they can't stay with the new owners if they choose to. The new employees will have HUGE shoes to fill.