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When it comes to gutter cleaning in Gastonia, NC, our philosophy is simple: provide our clients with quality, dependable gutter services at a fair price. Unlike some gutter cleaning companies, we believe in honesty, hard work, and helpful advice. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is our primary goal. Before we pull out of your driveway, we will take the extra time to educate you about the work we performed. That way, you can sleep with confidence, knowing that your gutters are working correctly. We genuinely take pride in our work and strive to treat your home like it was our own, so you can focus on your obligations while we handle the dirty work. Regardless of the gutter service you choose, you can rest easy knowing your home is in the hands of trained, insured professionals. Whether you need a simple gutter repair or a complete gutter installation, we have the skills to get the job done with a level of service and quality unmatched by our competition. No shortcuts. No compromises. Only efficient, trustworthy gutter services in Gastonia.
Gutter Cleaning in Gastonia, NC
We treat every gutter project as a top priority. Attention to detail is the heart and soul of our business. We go far beyond providing simple gutter services, giving you incredible insight into your seamless gutters project. Your gutter installation will be handled by licensed and insured professionals. It all starts here, please begin below.
The primary role of your gutter system is to channel water off of your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. Gutter blockages can result in water running over the sides of your gutters. That water will eventually settle around your foundation. With time, pooling water will affect the reliability of your home’s structure, causing cracks, mold growth, and even collapse.
Your home’s gutter system is held up by fascia boards, which are typically made of wood. When your clogged gutters overflow with water, your fascia boards will begin to rot. On top of that, your fascia boards must hold the increased weight of your clogged gutters. The combination of rot and weight can cause your gutter system to fail, resulting in expensive repairs.
If you want to maintain the beauty of your landscaping, having clog-free gutters is essential. When your gutters can’t do their job, overflowing water will pour down the sides of your home. Eventually, this water will damage the trees, shrubs, and flower beds close to the base of your home.
When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, rainwater, and other forms of precipitation have nowhere to go. This causes water to fill your gutters to the brim. Because each gallon of water weighs around eight pounds, this extra weight will cause your gutters to crack, bend, or even tear away from your roof. Your gutters are rendered completely useless at that point, and you’re looking at very expensive repairs.
If you don’t have the time and patience to commit to proper gutter cleaning, The Gutter Gorilla team is here to help. We have been cleaning gutters in Gastonia for years. With a fully trained team of gutter professionals on staff, we have the experience and resources to clean your gutters effectively and efficiently.
Common Signs of Clogged Gutters
One of the most common questions we get at The Gutter Gorilla centers around when homeowners need gutter cleaning in Gastonia, NC. The answer is nuanced, but generally speaking, your gutters need to be cleaned twice a year or whenever they become clogged. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy for the average homeowner to climb up on a ladder, get on their roof, and look to see if their gutters are full of debris.
Luckily, there are some common signs that you can look out for to save yourself from costly repairs:
Gutter Installation in Gastonia, NC
Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments that you will make as an adult. As a homeowner, you know that protecting that investment is a priority. While most homeowners do a good job of staying up to date with home maintenance, sometimes life happens, and things begin to slip through the cracks. For many homeowners, gutters and downspouts are often one of those overlooked items.
Whether you need gutters installed on your new home or your old gutter system is dilapidated and needs replacing, we’ve got your back.
At The Gutter Gorilla, we specialize in custom gutter installation in Gastonia, NC. Because we have our own machinery, we are essentially cutting out middlemen manufacturers so that our customers benefit from lower prices and higher quality gutter systems. We strive to be friendly, affordable, and effective. We will always make your schedule a priority over our own.
When you trust The Gutter Gorilla with your new gutter installation, know that you are working with the best in the business.
Here are just a few reasons why we are the premier gutter installation company in Gastonia:
- We only use premium materials and install seamless, 6” aluminum k-style gutters to hold more water.
- Our installation methods are tried and tested.
- Our gutter installation experts are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to work hard for you.
- We offer a warranty on all our products and services.
- We are licensed and insured.
- Your satisfaction is our #1 concern. We back that up with actions, not words.
When Should You Consider Gutter Installation?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether you need new gutter installation or gutter repairs. The most reliable answer will come after our team has had a chance to inspect your gutters in Gastonia. Before you call our office to schedule an inspection, consider the following symptoms of a failing gutter system:
- Gutters are starting to pull apart and separate.
- Gutter guards are starting to sag and pull away from the roof.
- The gutter hangers have begun to break or bend.
- Downspouts are starting to crease or are no longer straight.
- Gutters show signs of rust or have visible holes.
Quick, Reliable Gutter Repairs in Gastonia, NC
Cleaning and repairing gutters can be a tiresome task. We understand that the last thing you want to do with your free time is to try and figure out how to repair your damaged gutters. However, gutters that are left unrepaired can cause extensive damage to your home and lawn. If you see that your gutters are damaged, you must get them repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Gutter repairs range in complexity and can be as simple as patching a hole in one of your downspouts to re-securing gutters on your home’s fascia board. We recommend that you call our office to schedule a gutter inspection, so our team can get a full understanding of the repairs that need completing.
Here are a few signs that you should be aware of that usually require gutter repairs in Gastonia, NC:
Pooling WaterPuddles of water accumulating near your home’s foundation
LeaksThe next time it rains, grab your umbrella and check your gutters for signs of drips or leaks.
Displaced HardwareIf you notice gutter-hanging hardware laying on the ground under the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in The Gutter Gorilla. This is a sign that your gutters aren’t fastened securely. One strong gust of wind or heavy rainstorm could cause serious damage to your gutter system.
MoldCheck your basement and your attic for signs of mold growth. If you see any mold or mildew, your gutters might not be doing their job of directing water away from your home.
Peeling PaintHave you noticed that paint is starting to peel down the side of your house? Is there rust beginning to form on your gutters? If so, you could be dealing with a leak. Usually, the result of rust or a puncture, this type of problem needs to be patched by a professional
Uneven GuttersIf your gutters are uneven or starting to sag in the middle, it’s not a good sign. In situations like these, pooling water will not be able to drain towards your corner downspouts. Eventually, the entire gutter will pull away from your home. It is highly recommended that you hire our team of professionals to repair this problem before it gets even worse.
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At The Gutter Gorilla, our commitment is to provide you with an easy, care-free, educational experience. When you give us the opportunity to earn your business, you can trust that we will provide you with the highest quality gutter repair services at the best prices in the Lowcountry. From the moment we first visit your home for an inspection to the time we do our final walk though, your satisfaction is our top priority.
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New Pizza Place Opening in at Former Cici's in Gastonia
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A new pizza buffet restaurant will soon open at the site of a similar restaurant that closed last year.Joe and Carie Scarborough will open Pizza+ Buffet in early December at the site of the former Cici’s Pizza that closed in 2020 due to hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cici’s Pizza has since filed for bankruptcy.“This location (3746 E. Franklin Blvd.) has been here for years and it was recently renovated. Upon hearing about its history and popularity in the community, we ...
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A new pizza buffet restaurant will soon open at the site of a similar restaurant that closed last year.
Joe and Carie Scarborough will open Pizza+ Buffet in early December at the site of the former Cici’s Pizza that closed in 2020 due to hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cici’s Pizza has since filed for bankruptcy.
“This location (3746 E. Franklin Blvd.) has been here for years and it was recently renovated. Upon hearing about its history and popularity in the community, we decided to take on the business, keeping the traditions of a pizza buffet, but with a couple of modifications,” said Joe Scarborough of Mount Holly.
“Our customers will continue to enjoy an unlimited amount of pizza and play modern arcade games,” he said.
The Scarboroughs do not have an exact opening date, but say it will happen in early December.
“When we moved here, we discovered that people like to keep traditions and we aspire to be a family-owned business that will cater to that,” said Carie Scarborough, who moved to Mount Holly from Ohio in 2017.
Pizza+Buffet will also include different kinds of pasta, soups and desserts and bi-weekly pizza specials.
“We will serve traditional pizzas and three unique types that we want to surprise our customers with that will be called the ‘Gaston Meateater,’ the ‘All the Way’ and the ‘Buffalo Yardbird,’” Carie Scarborough said.
To help run the restaurant, 15 former employees of Cici’s Pizza will return upon opening, however; the Scarboroughs will create more employment opportunities in all positions.
Yet, this isn’t the only business they have opened in Gaston County, upon becoming husband and wife in 2017. They also transformed a former Ben & Jerry’s located at 3908 E. Franklin Blvd. into Joe and Carie’s Creamery featuring ice cream and bakery treats.
“I met Carie in Ohio during a bowling tournament and got her to move here shortly after. We would visit local ice cream shops in Ohio and once the old Ben & Jerry’s became available, we decided to take a stab at it,” said Joe Scarborough.
With a new restaurant launching soon, they plan to offer those 8 and under a free voucher to get ice cream at Joe and Carie’s Creamery at a later time.
Pizza+ Buffet will be open every Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., every Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m..
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Richard Bryant Named Poole College’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
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Giving By Lea HartWhen Richard Bryant looks back on his life so far, he can attribute his personal and professional success to the core beliefs he shared with his sons as they were growing up.“It all comes down to working hard, showing up, having fun, living within your means, and giv...
By Lea Hart
When Richard Bryant looks back on his life so far, he can attribute his personal and professional success to the core beliefs he shared with his sons as they were growing up.
“It all comes down to working hard, showing up, having fun, living within your means, and giving back,” Bryant said.
It all comes down to working hard, showing up, having fun, living within your means, and giving back.
One of his favorite ways to give back is to North Carolina State University and the Poole College of Management. Bryant, a 1981 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in business management, has given his time, his expertise and his financial support to the university and the college in many ways over the years.
It’s just one of many reasons Bryant was named Poole College of Management’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Each year, Poole College and NC State recognize an alumnus for his or her career successes as well as support of the university. The award is presented to honorees at the NC State Alumni Association’s Evening of the Stars.
In receiving the award, Bryant joins the ranks of past recipients that include former Gov. James B. Hunt, Jim and Ann Goodnight, Gen. Hugh Shelton, and many others.
Bryant is co-founder, president and CEO of Capital Investment Companies, one of the largest independent financial services firms in the southeastern United States. He started Capital Investment Companies nearly four decades ago in 1984, just a few years after graduation.
Giving back in so many ways
Over the years, he’s served on NC State’s Board of Visitors and the NC State University Foundation, as well as boards of the NC State Investment Fund and NC State Endowment. He’s a founding member and former chair of Friends of ARTS NC State and was also co-chair of the Achieve! Campaign Steering Committee for ARTS NC State and co-chair of the Frank Thompson Hall Renovation Project.
And that’s just to name a few. Bryant is a founding member of the State Club, a lifetime member of the Wolfpack Club and has been a member of the NC State Alumni Association for more than 35 years. Bryant served as both a speaker and a mentor to students at the university as well.
Recently, Bryant and his wife, Suzy, endowed a scholarship to support student-athletes in Poole College of Management. The Bryant Family Endowment is awarded to undergraduate students in the Poole College of Management who are also members of any NC State intercollegiate athletics team.
The scholarship combines Bryant’s passion for the Wolfpack Club and athletics at NC State with the desire to support students who may be struggling financially to attend Poole College, he said.
Capital Investment Companies maintains an internship program that employs students from NC State. Bryant said he’s been extremely impressed with the caliber of students coming out of the university and Poole College.
“The class this year has just been incredible,” he said.
Carrying NC State’s impact forward with him
Today, Bryant is humble about his success and humbled by the receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Award. To him, it’s about coming full circle – giving back to a university that gave him so much.
“Going to State, that was magical,” Bryant said of being a student.
He’d come from Gastonia, which was a very small town at the time, and embraced NC State and what it offered. When he left for NC State, his dad told him “this will be the last carefree time of your life, so enjoy it.” And Bryant admits, he definitely embraced the “fun” side of college, joining a fraternity and enjoying a rich social life.
But he also buckled down in his studies and said he was just a hair shy of making the Dean’s List during his last year at NC State.
“I also gained a lot of friendships, and that shaped my life as much as NC State did,” Bryant said.
Combined, it all speaks to why he has given so much of himself back to the university over the years.
“It’s fun to give back to this university,” he said. “And it’s easy because it’s fun.”
It’s fun to give back to this university. And it’s easy because it’s fun.
Bryant initially came to NC State to be an engineer, but figured out pretty quickly that it wasn’t the right path for him.
“I got out and changed to business, and my life just opened up,” he said. “I became a guy who enjoyed a lot of things.”
For Bryant, there was no favorite course once he made that switch. He loved it all, from marketing to macroeconomics to finance. Following graduation, he initially went to work for his father’s company, Bryant Supply Company in Gastonia, but said he began to take an interest in “how money makes money.”
Bryant quit the family business, moved back to Raleigh and worked for other companies for a little while, but it didn’t last long. He met his partner, Bobby Edgerton, in 1983 at the old Tripps Restaurant off Wade Avenue behind Meredith College and they sketched out their partnership on the back of a napkin. The rest, as they say, is history. Capital Investment Companies today has close to $8 billion in assets.
Along the way, Bryant met and married Suzy, whom he calls “the woman behind the man.” They have two sons, Miller and Andy, who each attended NC State.
At 62, Bryant said he’s “getting to be the old guy in the industry,” but he’s not complaining. He actually enjoys it.
All of this, he says, started at NC State.
“I learned who I was and who I wasn’t at NC State,” Bryant said.
He said he also learned about people, how they work, and the importance of lasting friendships. Like many, being away from home on his own taught him a lot of early life lessons.
It’s the advice he’d give to students today. “Know who you are,” Bryant said, and stay true to that person.
The Review — NC State has comeback for ages
NC State scored twice within 26 seconds in the final 1:35 to pull off an improbable 34-30 win over rival North Carolina in front of 56,919 fans at Carter-Finley Stadium on Friday.The No. 20-ranked Wolfpack had a terrific first quarter, but then went into an offensive lull, particularly running the football in the second half. NC State performed some magic when it mattered most, and improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the ACC.Wake Forest dashed NC State’s Atlantic Division hopes with a win over Boston College on Saturday. H...
NC State scored twice within 26 seconds in the final 1:35 to pull off an improbable 34-30 win over rival North Carolina in front of 56,919 fans at Carter-Finley Stadium on Friday.
The No. 20-ranked Wolfpack had a terrific first quarter, but then went into an offensive lull, particularly running the football in the second half. NC State performed some magic when it mattered most, and improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the ACC.
Wake Forest dashed NC State’s Atlantic Division hopes with a win over Boston College on Saturday. However, NCSU was able to go undefeated at home for the first time since 1986. The Wolfpack went 5-0-1 at home that season.
The Wolfpack Central reviews the various components of the win over the Tar Heels.
One could easily go with senior wide receiver Emeka Emezie’s second touchdown catch, but the simple truth is that without kicker Christopher Dunn recovering his own onside kick, NC State most likely loses the game. Dunn kicked the ball forward and UNC appeared to try and catch it before it reached the necessarily 10 yards, which the Tar Heels are able to do. NC State can’t touch the ball in that spot until it goes 10 yards. North Carolina didn’t come close to snagging the ball and there was the 5-foot-8 Dunn recovering the kick. The rest is history and NC State won 34-30.
1. Wide receiver Emeka Emezie
The senior wide receiver came through in the comeback for the ages. He was bottled up 58 minutes and 25 seconds, but he caught two passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns when it mattered most. The first score was a 64-yard touchdown with 1:35 left to cut UNC’s lead to 30-28. He took advantage of UNC safety Cam’Ron Kelly getting sucked up on the play. He then was a magician near the out of bounds line in the end zone in grabbing a 24-yard score against Kelly with 1:09 left to give the Wolfpack a 34-30 lead. He finished with five catches for 112 yards and two scores in his last NC State home game.
2. Quarterback Devin Leary
Leary’s final stats look pretty impressive after the final 1:35 of the game. He went 19-of-30 passing for 247 yards and four touchdowns, and passed Philip Rivers for the most touchdown passes in a season at NC State with 35 (also rushed for two scores). Leary was harassed at various moments and rushed eight times for minus-30 yards and was sacked six times. UNC proved aggressive with its blitzes and the NC State running game stalled in the second half.
3. Defensive end Daniel Joseph
The Penn State transfer played his butt off, leading the team with 10 tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two quarterback hurries. Joseph’s sack and strip of UNC quarterback Sam Howell was one of the signature plays of the game, and even had coach Dave Doeren lament how it was bad luck that the left tackle that gave up the sack was in position to recover the fumble due to being beaten so badly.
The statistics were pretty even right down the middle except for UNC commanding a large lead in rushing yards (more on that in a bit). The other differences came on special teams with NC State blocking a punt for a touchdown, and then recovering the onside kick.
The other subtle statistical situation is that UNC went 5-for-5 in the red zone, but two of those scores were chip-shot field goals. Going 3 of 5 on getting touchdowns proved huge. North Carolina was facing second down and four at the NC State 5-yard line, and settled for a 22-yard field goal to make it 14-3 Wolfpack with 14:06 left in the second quarter. UNC later was first and goal at the NCSU four-yard line and threw three incomplete passes. The Tar Heels settled for a 21-yard field goal with 7:04 left in the game and a 27-21 lead.
Execute in the clutch with its backs against the wall. It’s one thing to get the onside kick, but then to execute with poise and not try and play for a field goal was impressive. As Doeren said after the game, he wanted to roll with Leary’s hot hand. Emezie’s 24-yard touchdown catch happened with 1:09 left, which would have given North Carolina plenty of time to get into field-goal range if the Wolfpack had played for three instead of six (and tried for eight).
NC State’s rush defense struggled in the second half against the read-option plays North Carolina ran. Part of that might have been due to NC State playing without nickel Tyler Baker-Williams and free safety Devan Boykin, who were both out due to either injury or illness. UNC rushed 41 times for 297 yards and two touchdowns, a 7.2 yards per carry average.
In recent history, the team that runs the ball best in the rivalry usually wins. What proved surprising was who topped 100 yards for the Tar Heels. Former walk-on British Brooks from Gastonia, N.C., had 99 rushing yards in two games going into the contest. He tallied 15 carries for 124 yards and proved to be a spark. Howell’s toughness running the ball was well known, but he took some licks in rushing 18 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Instant Analysis: UNC Collapses in Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. – N.C State scored two touchdowns in the final 1:35 to stun North Carolina, 34-30, at Carter-Finley Stadium on Friday night.Grayson Atkins boomed a 50-yard field goal with 2:12 to play to give the Tar Heels (6-6, 3-5 ACC) a 30-21 lead, prompting Wolfpack fans in attendance to head for the exits on Senior Night. A busted coverage by UNC’s secondary allowed Devin Leary (19-of-30 passing, 247 yards, 4 TD) to find a wide open Emeka Emezie for a 64-yard touchdown pass 37 seconds later. The Wolfpack (9-3, 6-2 ACC) ...
RALEIGH, N.C. – N.C State scored two touchdowns in the final 1:35 to stun North Carolina, 34-30, at Carter-Finley Stadium on Friday night.
Grayson Atkins boomed a 50-yard field goal with 2:12 to play to give the Tar Heels (6-6, 3-5 ACC) a 30-21 lead, prompting Wolfpack fans in attendance to head for the exits on Senior Night. A busted coverage by UNC’s secondary allowed Devin Leary (19-of-30 passing, 247 yards, 4 TD) to find a wide open Emeka Emezie for a 64-yard touchdown pass 37 seconds later. The Wolfpack (9-3, 6-2 ACC) recovered the onside kick and a pair of 15-yard penalties by the Tar Heels moved the home team into field goal range, although that kick never came as Leary connected once more with Emezie for a game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass.
Two touchdowns, 26 seconds apart.
N.C. State needed just 83 seconds to put its first points on the board as Jordan Houston blocked Ben Kiernan’s punt and C.J. Riley recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Leary found Trent Pennix on a corner route for a nine-yard touchdown pass play two possessions later to give the Wolfpack a 14-0 lead.
It was all Carolina for most of the next three quarters as Sam Howell (14-of-26, 147 yards, TD, INT; 98 rushing yards) ran for two touchdowns – the first on a 4-yard rollout and the second on a 12-yard scramble - and threw for another as the visiting team rolled off 24 unanswered points. The Wolfpack responded with a nine-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to cut its deficit to 24-21 late in the third quarter. Atkins connected on his second field goal attempt midway through the final frame to push UNC’s lead to 27-21 and set the stage for the hectic conclusion.
Collapse The way the Tar Heels battled back from a 14-0 deficit with quality play on both sides of the ball had sportswriters in the press box penning stories about a positive conclusion to a disappointing football season. Instead, the storyline shifts to a 2021 regular season that went wrong nearly every way possible, culminating with a collapse in the final two minutes of regulation that ranks atop a heated rivalry that extends across 111 games.
It was a fitting conclusion for a program that began the season ranked in the Top-10 as ACC Coastal Division favorites and struggled to put together complete games time and time again. UNC played nearly 58 minutes of quality football on Friday, but that still wasn’t enough.
Defensive Revival If UNC’s maligned defense deserved the harsh criticism directed its way through the first 10 weeks of the regular season, Jay Bateman’s unit deserved equal measures of praise for its turnaround in recent weeks. After a solid performance in the loss at Pittsburgh two weeks ago, the Tar Heels locked down the Wolfpack offense and prevented the slow start from spiraling into a blowout.
That goodwill was lost in the final two minutes as the Wolfpack scored two touchdowns and rolled up 110 yards at a 13.8-yards-per-play clip.
Beast Mode Sam Howell sat out practice last week and missed his final game at Kenan Stadium due to an upper body injury suffered in the loss at Pittsburgh. Despite likely playing at less than full health, the junior quarterback dealt out as many hits as he took in running 18 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Howell’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Justin Olson in the third quarter marked the 36th time in 36 career games that he’s had a passing touchdown. He also became the eighth quarterback in ACC history to cross the 10,000-yard passing threshold.
Ground Game on Point N.C. State arrived at Senior Night ranked 17th nationally in rushing yards allowed per game (107.2) and 18th nationally in yards per carry allowed (3.4). The Tar Heels gashed the N.C. State defense for 297 yards at a 7.2-yards-per-carry clip, both season highs allowed by the Pack.
Brooks Boost Leave it to former walk-on and special teams stalwart British Brooks to save his best for the final regular season game of his career. The Gastonia, N.C. product sparked UNC’s offense with a 40-yard run in the first quarter and finished the game with a career-high 124 yards on 15 carries. His previous career high against FBS opponents (53 rushing yards) came against Texas A&M in the Orange Bowl last January.
Brooks, who was a team captain, also had two tackles on special teams.
Up Next UNC earned its bowl eligibility last week against Wofford but will have to wait until Selection Sunday on Dec. 5 to learn its postseason destination.
A Gastonia grocery store is closing soon. Citizens worry this could create a food desert.
GASTONIA, N.C. — A Gastonia grocery store set to close soon will leave many without a way to shop for fresh foods nearby. Save-A-Lot on West Franklin Boulevard serves mainly low-income neighborhoods, where some residents don’t have transportation.But now, it's shutting its doors for good on Oct. 2. Now, many are worried this will create a food desert for part of town.“Those neighbors around the Save-A-Lot are some of our homeless families, some of our families that are doubled up, some of our families that pro...
GASTONIA, N.C. — A Gastonia grocery store set to close soon will leave many without a way to shop for fresh foods nearby. Save-A-Lot on West Franklin Boulevard serves mainly low-income neighborhoods, where some residents don’t have transportation.
But now, it's shutting its doors for good on Oct. 2. Now, many are worried this will create a food desert for part of town.
“Those neighbors around the Save-A-Lot are some of our homeless families, some of our families that are doubled up, some of our families that probably don’t have their own transportation," said Gale Manning, a food pantry coordinator with the Bountiful Blessings Food Ministry.
Neighbors who live in the west Gastonia neighborhoods said the store's closure will affect many.
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"It's hurting a lot of people," said Helen Tindall. "Some of them can't get over it. It means so much to them."
Tindall has been shopping at the store since it opened about a decade ago. Her grandson, who passed away four years ago in a car crash, used to be the manager at the store.
"I have asked for the Save-A-Lot clock just in remembrance of him," said Tindall, who enjoys shopping there to honor her grandson.
The nearest grocery store to the Save-A-Lot is a Food Lion, according to navigation apps like Apple Maps. It's less than two miles away, but it's a 30-minute walk. Manning worries that will be difficult for people carrying groceries, but she says the food pantry is ready to help families in need.
“The good thing about it is that we’re on the bus line and they can walk also," said Manning. "But we will be here to meet them with open arms. We will feed them.”
Bountiful Blessings is already feeding more than 2,000 families every week. The pantry, operated by the Mt. Zion Restoration Church, relies on volunteers and is also in need of donations.