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Young Brianna Vannoy
of Dairy Queen: "I like
living here."

Dulcie Hankins
opened Wood Grains
in the shadow of the
Harvester.

Brianna Vannoy, 19, serves customers at one of two
Rocky Mount DQs and says, without hesitation, "I
like living here."
Some of those restaurants include Ippy's, which
is marking its 100th anniversary, and Buddy's
Barbecue (a 5-star rated shop), The Hub, BSides, the
Kupkakery, Delight Donuts, two Chinese restaurants,
a pizza parlor and two Mexican restaurants.
Rocky Mount 's "nighttime population" is
just under 5,000, says Assistant Town Manager
Hankins, "but it becomes 20,000 to 25,000 during
the day" when people who work in the town and
go to school there show up. The county's only
high school is in town and there are some big
factories and other businesses: Ronile, PlyGem

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(formerly M&W Manufacturing), Trinity Plastics,
Empire Foods, Home Town Ice, Yellow Wood
Lumber, Ferguson Land and Lumber Mill, Jammin'
Apparel, Carilion, the heavily-used YMCA, county
government and the high-performance auto engine
customizer Better Built Performance.
Rocky Mount is not-and likely won't be-in a
population growth mode anytime soon, says Irvin,
"because we're geographically bound. But we serve
those who are here with clean streets and good parks
[and municipal services] that give people a reason to
live and play here. In the 1990s, we struggled with
what we were." But that has changed.
It is now a gateway. To far more than The
Harvester. I

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