Abandoned Gas Station

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.

View from road
View from road

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One of the front windows
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The “out of order” is fitting

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The birds made a home here
The birds made a home here
This sign teased me when I came to this gas station the first time. I ended up paying 1+ at the coffee shop across the street
This sign teased me when I came to this gas station the first time. I ended up paying 1+ at the coffee shop across the street
Back view
Back view
You can see a bird on the parking marker, it lives in the hole on the stores roof
You can see a bird on the parking marker, it lives in the hole on the stores roof

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Some debris around the stations pumps
Some debris around the stations pumps
Side parking and pumps
Side parking and pumps

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Eerie view through front window
Eerie view through front window
View from side window
View from side window
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Some keys are visible
Only good picture of car
Only good picture of car
Cigarette holders behind register
Cigarette holders behind register

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A lone cigar on window
A lone cigar on window
The faded and expired candy
The faded and expired candy
Notice someone had a piece of gum by the empty wrapper left. I wonder if they were the last to be in the store.
Notice someone had a piece of gum by the empty wrapper left. I wonder if they were the last to be in the store.

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The Powerball of April 2012, how I got an estimation date of abandonment
The Powerball of April 2012, how I got an estimation date of abandonment

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Notice the PBRs outside of the frige
Notice the PBRs outside of the fridge
Outside Auto Masters
Outside Auto Masters
A faint
A faint “Call” and a number written on the window
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