Where To Get Groceries On Your Visit: Outer Banks Grocery Stores

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A trip to our Outer Banks of North Carolina is a true getaway; leaving the worries in the rearview, one highway connects our barrier islands to the rest of North Carolina. NC Highway 12, known as the “Outer Banks Scenic Byway”, connects these islands, stretching from Corolla in the north, then south to Cape Hatteras, and finally turning southwest towards the end of the island at Hatteras Village. As you plan your visit to the Outer Banks with First Flight Rentals, check out this guide to local grocery stores you will use to stock up on vacation essentials.

Over 5 million visitors come to the Outer Banks each year, from day trippers  summer vacationers. Our Outer Banks condo rentals are available throughout the area, and many vacationers make a longer stay a yearly tradition. Beautiful beaches, friendly locals, and laid-back, charming villages dot Highway 12. But just because you’re now on “OBX time” doesn’t mean you are leaving civilization behind: there are many grocers and convenience stores located along the islands of the Outer Banks, making it easy to find what you need. Since the journey down the Scenic Byway is long and straight, do your research and check out these Outer Banks grocery stores along the route for vacation provisions.

Harris Teeter — Corolla, Kitty Hawk, and Nag’s Head, NC

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With three locations along Highway 12 in the Outer Banks, Harris Teeter is a go-to for groceries and other staples. Popular for their produce, bakery, and good selections of wines and imported beers, Harris Teeter grocery stores are a common sight in the mid-Atlantic states. You’ll be sure to find what you need at Harris Teeter.

Wee Winks — Kitty Hawk, NC

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Wee Winks is a family owned Outer Banks business. With an impressive selection of beer and vacation supplies, Wee Winks makes a great stop to stock up, has a welcoming small-town feel, and it has many of the vacation provisions you may need.

Food Lion — Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, and Nag’s Head (two locations), NC

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Another popular regional grocery chain with an impressive footprint in the Outer Banks is Food Lion. With all of the trappings of local supermarkets, Food Lion is a great stop to pick up all your grocery needs. Join their MVP coupon card club to save with special prices and weekly specials.

[New For 2018] Publix Supermarket — Kill Devil Hills, NC

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A new arrival to the Outer Banks, visitors from South will recognize Publix, the regional go-to supermarket chain based in Florida. Do not miss their excellent produce, baked goods, and fantastic deli counter. Publix Deli sells many ready-made meals like fresh salads, fried and rotisserie chicken, and delicious picnic sides. Don’t forget to try the famous “Pub Sub”; perfect for a beach picnic.

The Fresh Market — Nag’s Head, NC

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Looking for a more upscale shopping experience? Head to the welcoming, old-world vibe at The Fresh Market. Amazing produce, deli counter, and natural food selections, plus an out-of-this-world meat and seafood counter make The Fresh Market a great place to stock up for beach-side barbecues. The Fresh Market also features ready to cook items such as prepared kebobs and seasoned meats and fish entrees. For a last-minute meal, be sure to browse their selection of ready-to-heat meals like spaghetti or baked chicken. The Fresh Market will delight you with prepared salads and sushi, ready to eat tonight! Be sure to pick up fresh made croissants and muffins for an easy breakfast on the beach.

Conner’s Supermarket — Buxton, NC

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At the bend in the road near the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and Cape Hatteras itself, you’ll find a local favorite: Conner’s Supermarket. Conner’s offers a break from chain grocery stores and has served the Buxton area for more than 45 years with necessities and a selection of meats and produce.

Ocracoke Variety Store — Ocracoke, NC

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For travelers continuing on to explore Ocracoke Island, you’ll find the Ocracoke Variety Store just before the village on Highway 12. Half grocery and half hardware, this store has all the staples you may need for your island stay, from cold beer and soda to sun umbrellas and clam rakes.

With such a variety of grocery stores in the Outer Banks, you’ll eat and drink well during your stay. Forgotten your beach umbrella or cooler? You’ll be sure to find essential beach supplies in our many well-stocked stores. The whole family will be able to indulge in their favorite snacks, drinks and enjoy cooking together during the perfect beach vacation. Welcome home to the Outer Banks!

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