LUMBERTON — Lumberton’s Cinema IV will soon be a distant memory where many memories were made, but the remnants of the almost half-century-old movie theater, tons and tons of building materials, will enjoy a sequel.
Almost nothing will be wasted during the demolition of Lumberton’s abandoned movie house, said Doug Johnson of A-1 Salvage and Demolition of High Point. Steel, aluminum, copper, cinderblock and brick will all find their way to salvage yards to be repurposed into new construction materials.
Some of the recycled building material might even find its way into the new Lidl supermarket that will be constructed at the high-visibility intersection of Roberts Avenue and Fayetteville Road, near CVS Pharmacy and Arby’s. A 36,000-square-foot grocery story will be built by the privately owned German company, according to a spokesman for the general contractor, Englewood Construction Management of Lamont, Ill.
McArthur Construction Company of Lumberton will complete the site preparation work after the 40-plus-year-old building is gone. Lidl expects to open this store this fall.
“About 60 tons of trash will go to the landfill,” Johnson said, “and we’re picking through the trash.”
As he spoke, a worker was retrieving a handful of copper pipe that he had separated from a pile of rubble.
“There is not much copper left because scavengers took it,” Johnson said. “There were probably people living in there.”
Johnson, whose High Point company is tearing down the dilapidated cinema, estimated that 2,500 to 3,000 tons of cinderblock will travel five miles down the road to a local company to be turned into concrete. The bricks will be crushed into marketable products such as mulch for landscaping.
“Demolition and salvage have come a long way,” Johnson said. “We tear down maybe 100 buildings a year. Business is good, and we do a lot of work for grocery stores.”
Why not haul it all to the landfill?
“We might get $15,000 for everything we recycle here; two years ago it would have been $30,000, but commodity prices are down,” Johnson said. “The real savings is not having to pay $30 a ton to haul it to the landfill.”
The new store, which will feature a gleaming glass front, is one of 80 that the German supermarket giant plans for the East Coast. Twenty-five of those stores will be in North Carolina, which will also get a distribution center.
Lidle has 10,000 stores across Europe and is aggressively building in the U.S. market beginning with the East Coast. The company’s business model is similar to Aldi’s, with warehouse shelving and self-service bagging. It also features discount pricing and many familiar brands.
An Aldi’s is located just a few hundred yards way, on Fayetteville Road.
Reach Scott Bigelow at 910-416-5649.