CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charles Reid was adored by Charlotteans for his hard work and low prices. Park-N-Shop grocery stores started small and blossomed into a ten-store chain in the 50s and 60s.
Today, the last Charlotte store sits vacant on Wilkinson Boulevard. Its sign sat rusted and unused until Tuesday morning.
The reality show "Salvage Dogs" helped remove the once illuminated sign, one letter at a time. Co-host Mike Whiteside has a personal connection to the store.
"Back in the 60s and 70s this was my old stomping ground. This is where I lived. I had my first job here at 15," Whiteside said.
Descendants of Charles Reid also stood in the parking lot to watch the iconic sign come down. Charles Reid's great-grandson Alex puttered around on a bicycle, specifically waiting for the four-foot-tall "A" to be removed. That one is going to him.
Neal Reid, youngest son of Charles, said family members are getting many of the letters to preserve and keep. He said the store will likely be demolished soon.
"We've finally got people interested in the property and almost every one of them is going to demo. So we wanted to save something," Neal said.
The Wilkinson Boulevard location closed in 2004 and the building sat vacant and was a frequent target for vandals. Tuesday morning, it became evident that vandals must not have been able to reach the store's iconic sign. Most of the glass neon tubing inside the metal letters was still intact.