Last updated: April 15. 2014 4:18PM - 1283 Views
By - cberendt@civitasmedia.com

Photo courtesy of Clear Run FarmsThe frame goes up at what will be a Subway restaurant in Harrells, at the site of Clear Run Farms, at U.S. 421 and N.C. 41.
Photo courtesy of Clear Run FarmsThe frame goes up at what will be a Subway restaurant in Harrells, at the site of Clear Run Farms, at U.S. 421 and N.C. 41.
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Last August, the announcement was made that there would be a Subway opened in Harrells. Last week, the frame for the business started going up.

Even though the restaurant is not open yet, the Subway is already on the map, with the franchise announcing the new location at the site of the Clear Run Farms store in Harrells, at 45 Wilmington Hwy. (U.S. 421), would be “coming soon.” Clear Run Farms has been posting updates on its Twitter feed in recent weeks, drumming up local anticipation.

Clear Run Farms has been a staple in the Harrells community for years, actually starting out in its namesake community before the Moore family brought the Clear Run name to Harrells. The business saw its beginnings when Stedman Moore sought to add value to smaller hogs that would otherwise go unused, so he and Kenny Moore starting growing hogs in 1979.

A piece of property on N.C. 41 was purchased for a retail market and, in 1993, the business was moved to its current location on U.S. 421 at the Harrells crossroads. A decade later, the business added gas pumps and, just a couple years after that transitioned into a full-fledged convenience store with a bit of a twist, maintaining its roots with fresh pork products.

While Clear Run Farms no longer grows hogs, the pork is still local. And the store, stationed on U.S. 421 at N.C. 41, serves as a central location 20 miles south of Clinton and 15 miles west of Wallace. In addition to Sampson, residents of Bladen, Pender and Duplin are in close proximity to the family business.

Last August, Clear Run Farms announced it would be bidding out a construction project for a new Subway.

Following an inclement winter, the construction project started in February with dirt and sand brought in and the site right next to the Clear Run Farms store prepped. Over the past month or so, the foundation was built and the concrete slab poured and, last week, the frame for the new restaurant started going up.

In a previous interview with the Sampson Independent, Clear Run Farms owner Jim Moore talked about the importance of community and offering something that would otherwise not be available nearby. Providing an outlet for locally-grown pork and produce in its grocery area, along with a hot bar and the amenities of a convenience store, already has Clear Run Farms on the map.

A new Subway next door looks only to expand that reach.

“We want to be a true service to the county,” said Moore, who is the mayor of Harrells. “We are proud of what we do. We feel like we want to provide a service people don’t have close access to. Providing a service needed in the community, and providing jobs in the community, is the most important to us.”

And, pretty soon, they can eat-in or take-out sub sandwiches and other offerings at the Subway.

“We’re trying to offer some services that might not be available locally,” Moore said previously. “We started out as one thing and transitioned to another. If you don’t conform sometimes, you meet a dead end.”

Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at cberendt@civitasmedia.com.

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