New SC-NC boundary could move retailer

  • Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 9:24 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Gastonia businessman is worried that his store in South Carolina will soon be a store in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Victor Boulware’s Lake Wylie Mini Mart gets lots of customers from North Carolina, looking to take advantage of cheaper gasoline, fireworks and beer in his York County location.

The North Carolina-South Carolina Joint Boundary Commission is working to correct mistakes in the state line, which was laid out by a series of surveys between 1735 and 1815.

The proposed adjustments could move Boulware’s store on state Highway 274 from York County, S.C., to Gaston County.

That would make gasoline more expensive and end alcohol and fireworks sales, which are illegal in Gaston County.

Boulware, who is 50, says that would likely put him out of business.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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