Across the street from where I work occasionally (I work as a landscaper and maintain several different locations) there is an abandoned gas station called Azalea Service Center on Wrightsville Ave in Wilmington, North Carolina. I found out it was defunct when one of my co-workers suggested I get a water there on a particularly hot day over a month ago. To my surprise, it was closed, and by the sun bleached candy wrappers I noticed upon peaking into the window, its been defunct for quite a while.
The candy, gum, beer, etc. was still there. Like the owner skipped town and just left. I found it weird that it just ran down like that. No going out of business sign or sale of the remaining items in the store (I have no knowledge of how that stuff works for gas stations, it just seems wasteful). I went back today after I had a mix up of where I was supposed to plant (I’m an idiot dyslexic), and I took pictures this time. I have a time frame of when it became defunct this time also. On a Powerball lottery poster, I notice April 2012. I had just turned 21 and that seems like forever ago; I am now 24.
The weirdest thing I found was that there is a vehicle sitting in the garage of the mechanic shop directly attached to the gas station. I couldn’t get a closer view of it, unfortunately. The fact that the car seemed to not be sitting there as long as everything else made me wonder if the auto shop was still in function, (Update: I later found out the auto shop was temporarily closed as recent as last Fall). I searched online and found a customers review from 2008, which was neat seeing because all I knew the building as being dilapitated. I find this place intriguing, and I just had to share. Here are the pictures I took from today.
*Update* Upon further searching online I found out that the auto shop re-located to Wrightsville ave in May 2014 (the gas station I believe went abandoned in April 2012 from a date on a Powerball poster), and became closed for a undisclosed time in September 2014. The “Call and number” written on the window was a number to reach the mechanics if needed.