How Many "Wings/Reefs!"

Reef II Grand Opening!  Is Reef V just down the street?  - click to enlargeTraveling down Hwy 158 its hard to not notice the large number of "super" beach stores lining the bypass. These bastions of beach cheeze are planted just about every mile from Kill Devil Hills though Nags Head. They go by names such as Reef, Wings, Sunsations, etc... and are found everywhere. What's up with that?! Literally in a one mile span of south Nags Head, there are over three of these stores all carrying the same stuff. Cheezy t-shirts and beach towels, coffee mugs, shot glasses, seashell "gifts," cheap beach umbrellas, foam this and that, fake samurai swords, etc, etc...all made in China. What is the draw to these places, and why does Nags Head need soooo many? Personally, I would much rather see a grocer such as Trader Joes within the same square footage space as one of these establishments.

Come on Town of Nags Head, your killing me here with your "town" planning/development?!

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Is this a new one going up near Whalebone Junction, even though there are three others within the same mile span of Hwy 158?

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This one's across from Windmill Pt. Guaranteed no windsurfing equipment, but if you need a 50 percent cotton beach towel with a confederate flag, eagle wings and a bikini babe holding a beer can designed on the front, this is the place!

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Yet another carrying an assortment of your favorite blow up beach rafts. Did I mention this one is literally located about 150 yards north from the one above?!


At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. I remember when they were building the Blues in Nags Head and someone changed the letters on the billboard before it opened to express their dissappointment with the town for allowing such a thing. I wish I could remember what the sign read.

At 4:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to be the dark side of free enterprise. Makes you wonder who buys all that stuff, as appaerantly all shops are making enough money to stay open...

At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill- I noticed the new structure this past weekend. It's the scurge of our society. Homogenous America.
Hope you got out this weekend. Waves was blowing 20-25 all weekend. Take care.


At 8:17 AM, Blogger PeconicPuffin said...

I always thought that was what the Bonner Bridge was for...to leave all that sunsational crap behind!

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Michael, definitely true! Once you cross the bridge and hit Hatteras Island, all the beach junk superstores are a distant memory.

I guess here in Nags Head, we are taking it for the team to spare our neighbors south of the bridge!

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nags Head is too busy trying to save the beach for its oceanfront investors to worry about asthetics on the freeway.


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