Historic Weldon, was founded on a rich history centered around the rapid currents of the Roanoke River, the safety of the Roanoke Canal, the beginnings of several early railroad systems and Rockfishing. Our National Registered Historic District contains a variety of southern architectural styles and a handsome commercial district. These facets of our community are being developed as a treasure of the past as we plan for the future. Enjoy this virtual journey around Weldon, but be sure to pay us a visit to enjoy the thrill of what we have to offer.
Weldon Town Center Opening in April
Now Accepting Vendors
Affordable monthly rates for small shops and flea market booths.
Daily or weekend rates for temporary spaces.
Weldon Town Center is now ready for vendors. The former super 10 building in Downtown Weldon has been converted into shops and flea market stalls. Vendors will enjoy the indoor atmosphere with heating and cooling and WiFi as well as an advertising campaign to promote Downtown Weldon as a destination for Bargain Shops.
Vendors are encouraged to call Andy Whitby for an opportunity to view the facility, select their vendor space, complete their paperwork and make plans to move in. Below vendors can view the lease agreement and the floor plan of the building.
First of all I'd like to report that Weldon faired very well during Hurricane Matthew. No damage, no flooding and all of my buildings are in good shape.
A few weeks ago I was pretty discouraged about a few things. I’m running behind schedule on finishing the work to get Weldon Town Center, Shops and Flea Market open. I was hoping to have it ready the first of October. Now I'm working toward early November. It is so very important I get it ready for vendors to move in before the Christmas shopping season. I already have 5 vendors ready to move in and they are waiting on me to finish building.
I was also discouraged that I needed to make a business decision with a tenant that has resulted in the restaurant is no longer open. I will be seeking another tenant for that property. All I will say about this is that I am a landlord not a business partner.
On a personal level, I was down a few days after catching a cold losing valuable work time to on Weldon Town Center.
Then I had to double my work hours on the paper route. I have been running a News & Observer paper route for the past 28 years. Over the past year or so I had a helper who ran half the route for me. This allowed me to only work from 4 to 7am which freed me up to work my day job and work on buildings. But due to some personal financial needs, I had to lay off my helper and do the full route myself, like I used to do. This puts me on the road 6 hours a night beginning at 11pm, 7 days a week and driving 175 miles every night.
I'm still working my day job as a Field Representative for mortgage companies, visiting properties and inspecting for occupancy and damages. This keeps me really busy for 10 days straight around the 15th of the month and then whatever it takes to meet due dates the rest of the month.
Then just last week I learned that The N&O will be increasing the sales price of the Sunday paper. This will require a lot of work to switch out the newspaper boxes where I sell papers from. A project I didn’t need added to my to do list right now.
On a more positive note...over the past week I have made a lot of progress at Weldon Town Center and this has really lifted my spirits. I finished hanging, mudding and sanding the sheetrock. Now I’m painting, which will take several days. First a primer coat on all the walls then a finish coat. In the attached photo, you may not be able to tell, but that paint color is Lemonade yellow to go along with this being what I have call the Lemonade Project. For more infomation on that visit www.weldonnc.com
Then I’ll need to CLEAN, lots of CLEANING. I'm doing all the work myself, can't afford to pay for labor. And I’m stretching the few dollars I can scrape together to buy the needed materials.
There are so many things to do and others things I want to do to promote and build up Weldon. I have to keep reminding myself...one step at a time.
Stay tuned…. I hope in just a few days, I’ll be announcing Weldon Town Center opening date.
Post 6.... of the Lemon Aide Project.... 9/16/2016
September News Update from Downtown Weldon 9/15/16
Jenn’s Grub Shack is Open...have you seen the delicious looking food I've been sharing on Facebook? Jenn offers Daily Lunch specials ranging from Pork chops, Fish and Shrimp, Baked Ziti with sides at a very affordable price. She also has hamburgers and hot dogs and potato rounds. Stop by and “Get Your Grab On” and support local Downtown Weldon Businesses.
This Saturday there will be another Grand Opening of another business in one of my buildings. Cooking with Love Catering and Fashion & Decor is owned and operated by Rosa Banks Barber and Lillie Copeland. They will be offering Wedding Decor and Coordination, Flower Decor and Catering.
I've make a lot of progress on the big building project. Several major projects have been completed.
Converting the existing restroom to meet Handicap requirements consisted of widening the door, replacing the toilet and sink and installing hand rails.
To meet building codes, I had to install another exit door in the back of the main show room. This required cutting a hole through a 12 inch block wall and installing the door. Due to the elevation difference from the inside to the outside, I had to build a 16 foot long handicap ramp on the inside and a 5 foot deck on the outside.
The interior of the building is coming along nicely. I’ve been hanging sheetrock and will soon start mudding and sanding. When the first phase is completed the building will have 4 large shops and 10 Flea Market stalls. There will be an area unfinished and I will decide later whether the demand is for additional shops or more flea market stalls. I have been working really hard to have this building ready for showing and to begin accepting vendors in early October.
And I’ve chosen a name. Weldon Town Center. The logo will feature the name and a depiction of the skyline of buildings on the East side of Washington Avenue where this building is in the center of the Downtown Business District. It is my hope that this building will become a center of activity for Downtown Weldon and a generator of revitalization efforts.
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1.1.16 Happy New Year. No resolutions. Just GOALS. To have both of these buildings fully occupied with 8 tenants by mid year. Been working towards that goal today. Got two tenants already and waiting on me to get it ready.