It is a new day in Pinetops.
With the grand opening of the newest Ahoskie-based Duck Thru Food Store, there are at least 20 new jobs and a new place to sit down and enjoy a variety of food and ice cream, as well as a new source of tax revenue for the town.
Duck Thru No. 57, managed by new Pinetops resident Anita Samples, offers another choice for folks looking for gasoline or diesel, fast food and a place to sit and eat in the 24-person dining area.
“The reception has been really good,” Samples said. “The community seems to be glad we’re here. I know that we’re glad we’re here.”
Duck Thru acknowledged the assistance of the Pinetops Fire Department in installing the gasoline tanks at the store by making a monetary donation during the grand opening and ribbon cutting.
“We want to be good members of the community,” Samples said. “We’re excited to be here and want to help Pinetops grow in any way we can.”
In addition to traditional store shelves, the store includes a wall of coolers containing a variety of soft drinks, energy drinks, beer and water. There also is a beer cave, a walk-in cooler with a larger variety of cold beers.
The store also includes a deli area with a variety of hot foods to choose from, including Champs Chicken, Sub Express and Hot Stuff Pizza. The store also has a beverage bar, where customers can prepare their own milkshakes, smoothies, cappuccinos, coffees and Jolly Rancher frozen drinks as well as fountain soft drinks.
The store also has an ice cream counter with eight rotating flavors of Cedar Crest Ice Cream.
The interior of the store also contains a wall-size photo that shows the “Welcome to Pinetops” sign at the town limit, a wall adorned with school mascot nicknames and another that shows a thriving crop in the field.
“We try to incorporate different parts of the community,” Samples said. “We want folks to know we’re proud to be here and want everyone to know it.”
The new store is located at 316 E. Hamlet St., and the grand opening occurred almost four years to the day after the Hardee’s fast-food restaurant that once occupied the site burned down.
Duck Thru parent company Jernigan Oil purchased the property last June.
Duck Thru also sells gasoline and accepts cash, credit and debit cards, fleet fuel cards for truckers and EBT cards. The store is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.