Goodbye Winks

 In Back In The Day

Some things are a constant.  The sun, even on cloudy days, is always there.  At night, the moon is going to rise.  And in Kitty Hawk, Winks will be providing great food and service to locals and vacationers alike.  Well, that was the assumption….

On the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk, Winks has been an Outer Banks staple since 1953.  One of the very few stores that remained open year-round during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  In 2018, with 65 years in business, Winks became a senior citizen and now it is time to retire. 

To say they will be missed is one of the biggest understatements of the year.  Over the last several months’ people have been going to Facebook to post their pictures on the Winks page showing their last visit to the iconic grocery store and to share their memories  Local artist Megan Rubino has even immortalized the store with a painting of the building that can be printed onto both t-shirts and beach bags.  Those are available at Muse Originals OBX in Kitty Hawk.  As recently as this past Saturday (October 20), Winks final t-shirts are also available at the store, while the doors are still open. 

If you would like a piece of Winks history, you’re in luck.  There will be a total store liquidation coming up over the Thanksgiving weekend.  This will be your last chance for a forever reminder of the business that has been around for what seems like forever.  Thank you, Winks.  Thank you for your service to the Outer Banks.  We’re going to miss your big yellow winking sign.  Have a great retirement.

Greg Smrdel

Greg Smrdel, while his physical body lives in Ohio (for now), his soul will always remain on the Outer Banks.

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  • Diane
    Reply

    It’s a sad day when i Sweet Landmark like Winks is replaced with a “soulless” giant house!

  • Brian
    Reply

    We still have Wee Winks in Duck!

  • Liz
    Reply

    Someone would have bought that businss, I know it. Guess the land select will fund retirement but the business was priceless…very sad.

  • Susan Finkel
    Reply

    I guess that confirms my plans to come down Thanksgiving weekend. Been coming down since the early 70s. That was always my “go to” place no matter where I stayed.

  • DEBBI
    Reply

    WE ALWAYS STAYED IN ONE OF THE ANDERSON COTTAGES AND HAVE MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF GREAT SUMMERS, FAMILY GET TOGETHERS AND WALKS ON THE BEACH.

  • Scott Vaughan
    Reply

    Favorite store on OBX. Great food and very nice people.

  • Patricia Howell
    Reply

    Would you consider selling the business please? Please email me! Thank you very much!

    • Perrin Wilkinson Gardner
      Reply

      The land has been sold. The store is to be torn down. 🙁

  • Donna Keeney
    Reply

    Where will we go for our OBX T-shirt’s now???? It has always been a tradition that my husband always went and got a new T-shirt from Winks. OBX is changing. First it was the water park and now Winks. So sad😩

  • Julia
    Reply

    Who did that water color? Or is it a print? Will this be for sale? It’s amazing and I’m sure many would purchase it!

    • Ayleen Ferry
      Reply

      My wonderful sister-in-law and local artist, Megan Rubino, did the artwork. Check out the Kill Devil Hills CO-Op for more of her artwork.

    • Lisa Barnes
      Reply

      Meg will be set up the day of the auction with the prints including cards, plus several other artists.

  • Rebecca Courtright
    Reply

    Oh no! My family has been going down to OBX since I was a baby, 38 years. Sad to see Winks go!

  • Doris D.
    Reply

    We always stayed in a cottage on the beach within walking distance of Winks. The only grocery store. Loved it!

  • Judy
    Reply

    I will definately come by for a visit Thanksgiving weekend!!

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