After learning that a tract of land straddling the North Carolina and Virginia line was for sale, Hastings visualized a store built on the state line to take advantage of tax codes of both states – cigarettes in North Carolina and gasoline in Virginia. He pictured the southbound tourists stopping by the envisioned mega-convenience store on their way to the world famous Outer Banks. Hastings could see the tourists stopping for gas, a quick take out snack, to fill up coolers with their favorite beverages, a meal of renowned Carolina BBQ, or even a hunting or fishing license. Hastings also knew he could count on North Carolinians, including the thousands that commute to work in the Hampton Roads area, to stop for cheaper Virginia gas, lottery tickets, and breakfast or dinner specials in his Carolina Café. Virginians would drive miles for cheaper North Carolina cigarettes and cigars, Carolina BBQ, and legal fireworks.