Retail / Shopping

Vance County is a prime location for retail trade. It has a rich history of being, and continues to be, the regional shopping center for both the Triangle North region (Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren Counties) as well as Southside Virginia.

The county seat, Henderson, is the only city with more than 10,000 residents (over 15,700) between the Raleigh/Durham, NC metro area 40 miles south and the Petersburg/Richmond, Va., metro area 100 miles north. Vance County’s current population estimate at over 45,000.

More than 200 retail establishments operate in and around the City of Henderson. Shoppers visit Vance County regularly from a 25- to 40-mile radius in North Carolina and southern Virginia. There are over 199,997 residents within a 25 mile radius of Henderson.

Over the past few years it has experienced a growth in the retail community attracting several big boxes along with other retailers and a number of restaurants. Wal-Mart, Belks, Staples, JC Penny, Lowes along with restaurants such as Golden Corral, Ruby Tuesday, and several locally-owned restaurants.  In addition, the area has a number of fast-food chains that you would expect in a growing community.

The City of Henderson has an attractive downtown that continues to attract retailers and restaurants. The historic district Covers 16 square blocks and occupies 46 acres, area buildings that are predominantly one-to-three-story brick buildings, churches and remnants of residential areas. Several restaurants in the district are housed in 100+-year-old buildings. Unique dining can be enjoyed in restored buildings constructed in the 1800s. Casual dining for lunch or dinner in a setting surrounded with work of local artists along with stained glass and other crafts. Browsing for antiques and shopping nearby. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home of the famous annual East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Reunion, a tribute to the history of drag racing; the Show, Shine, Shag & Dine, an antique & classic car show, and the Corbitt Truck Reunion.

The downtown is overseen by the Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission.  Realizing the need to preserve and restore its wonderful history, the City of Henderson sought designation as a North Carolina Main Street City and gained that status in 1986.

Retail sales exceed $354 million annually. This is the highest amount of retail sales dollars in the four-county Triangle North region.

Henderson-Vance County’s Economic Development Commission helps retailers locate sites and buildings to locate or expand, and helps connect them to business resources.

Contact Henderson-Vance County Economic Development to learn more about how we can help your business grow in Vance County.