Raleigh’s BB&T Building Imploded to make way for Publix Grocery

April 1st, 2014
 
 
 
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RALEIGH, NC – In a bittersweet moment in Raleigh history, Two Hannover Square (aka the BB&T Building) was imploded Monday to be replaced soon by the grocery store chain Publix Super Markets. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was pleased with the city’s decision.

“We’ve long needed a decent grocery store in downtown Raleigh and once we heard Publix showed interest in that particular parcel, we moved quickly to make this happen,” Mayor McFarlane announced.

Demolition crews worked fast to place explosives that toppled the 429-foot tall building into a scatter of rubble. Employees who worked in the building were given the weekend to remove belongings.

The vacant lot at the future site of Charter Square made a convenient location and direction to bring the building down. Cleanup should take several weeks.

Several NC State students didn’t miss the opportunity to grab a souvenir. Twitter reports of a giant “&” symbol sticking out of a Tucker Residence Hall window were confirmed as a deeply gouged sidewalk scraped all the way from downtown were visible. “What’s better than a big Ampersand?” said an unidentified student.

Downtown resident Tad Lenefee weighed in, “I could see the BB&T Building from my balcony at night. But it will be nice to not have to drive all the way to the Cameron Village Harris Teeter or that Kroger on Six Forks.”

Demolition crews inspect and install dynamite at strategic locations for the implosion
Demolition crews inspect and install dynamite at strategic locations for the implosion
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Downtown Raleigh streets were barricaded in a several block radius
Downtown Raleigh streets were barricaded in a several block radius
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Signs steered motorist clear of the area, rerouting traffic in several corridors
Signs steered motorist clear of the area, rerouting traffic in several corridors
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Raleigh Police block most entrances to the city for several nights leading up to the demolition
Raleigh Police block most entrances to the city for several nights leading up to the demolition
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Tenants removed belongings on Sunday
Tenants removed belongings on Sunday
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Cars flood South Saunders Street camping out for the implosion of the BB&T Building the next morning
Cars flood South Saunders Street camping out for the implosion of the BB&T Building the next morning
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One last look at the BB&T Building standing tall
One last look at the BB&T Building standing tall
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Squibs signal explosive charges igniting at the base and midway down the tower
Squibs signal explosive charges igniting at the base and midway down the tower
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Upper part of Two Hannover Square fractures during the fall
Upper part of Two Hannover Square fractures during the fall
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The last glimpse of Raleigh's BB&T Building
The last glimpse of Raleigh’s BB&T Building
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Raleigh's demolished BB&T Building, making way for a Publix Grocery Store
Raleigh’s demolished BB&T Building, making way for a Publix Grocery Store
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Smoke and fire smoldered into the night after the implosion of the BB&T Building
Smoke and fire smoldered into the night after the implosion of the BB&T Building
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Tears of former employees formed this poignant reflecting puddle
Tears of former employees formed this poignant reflecting puddle
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Raleigh’s BB&T Building Imploded to make way for Publix Grocery

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