312-316 South Driver Street

35.982402, -78.878035

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312-316 South Driver, 1945

312-316 South Driver was built in the 1920s. By the early 1930s, it housed Ferguson Grocery at 312, DW Brown Dry Cleaners at 314, and the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) at 316.

(314 had a wing that extended from the rear of the building to the south, fronting on Angier Avenue - 2021 Angier.)

By the mid-1940s, 312 had become the East Durham Beauty Shop. It was closed by 1950.

DW Brown and A&P were still in place by 1960. By 1980. 316 housed an upholsterer and Scott and Roberts Cleaners had taken occupancy at 314

312-316 South Driver, 1980

I'm not sure what's going on in here now. Either a clothing store or a storefront church - or both, it appears. 314 in particular is in rough shape and needs deliverance from its neglectful owners. (Note the 'green roof' on the Google sat view.)

312-316 South Driver, 10.02.10

312-316 South Driver, 10.02.10

(Below in italics is from the 2004 East Durham National Register listing; not verified for accuracy by this author.)

1-story brick commercial building with 3 storefronts, with brick pilasters and decorative brick basketweave and panels in the upper facades. All storefronts have boarded transoms. 1925 CD: Universal Stores Grocery, Dock Brown Cleaners. 1930-1960: A & P Grocery at No. 316. 1937 SM.

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I see the tree...but little else evidence of an actual roof like structure.

Perhaps they just have an advanced grey water system?

Love that top photo:
So "Postman Always Rings Twice"
I bet Robert Mitchum bought tomatoes there.

We would shop at the A&P store. Jimmy Aycock was the manager. This was in the 50s.-Vivian Taylor Briggs

We would shop at the A&P store. Jimmy Aycock was the manager. This was in the 50s.-Vivian Taylor Briggs

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