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Tiny town of Rolesville booming as population grows

Posted November 22, 2012
Updated November 23, 2012

— For Mary McGinn, Thanksgiving isn't just a day to have a feast.

It's a day to gobble up some quality time at the park with her daughter and her neighbor's kids.

“It’s great to be out on Thanksgiving,” she said. “We’re originally from Michigan, so to be out in a park in Michigan at this time probably wouldn’t happen.”

McGinn moved to the town of Rolesville, north of Raleigh, four years ago and is loving every minute of it.

She’s not the only one. The town has grown from 900 people in 2000 to nearly 3,900 today.

“I’ve talked to people who’ve been here longer than I have, and they just can’t believe how much it’s grown,” McGinn said.

Mayor Frank Eagles has lived in Rolesville since 1986.

“I think Rolesville’s been known to be one of the fastest-growing small towns in North Carolina for quite a few years now,” he said.

One side effect to all that growth is traffic.

Eagles said there are 47,000 cars that drive along Rolesville’s stretch of U.S. Highway 401. But he said there are plans to ease congestion, including the construction of a Rolesville bypass that should open in 2014.

A new middle school is open and a new high school set to open next year. And there’s talk of a new Wal-Mart Express near the town’s main shopping district.

“We’ve got great people who are moving here,” Eagles said.

That’s plenty of reason, McGinn says, to call Rolesville place home.


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  • brassy Nov 23, 2012

    "One side effect to all that growth is traffic."

    The Rolesville PD and their radar guns must be quite busy these days.

  • nascar33 Nov 23, 2012

    I moved to Rolesville over 20 years ago to get away from the sprawl that was happening in Garner. Unfortunately it's heading down the same path of store after store, traffic jams, and crime.
    Really sad!

  • wake1794 Nov 23, 2012

    Rolesville is just keeping up with the other communities and
    small towns that are turning Wake County into a sprawling
    suburban wasteland. Small town charm and relaxed lifestyles
    are a thing of the past, money and status rule the day here
    in Wake County. One day many of these small towns and
    communities are going to be sorry for causing the traffic
    problems and congestion which is occurring right before our very eyes. My eyes have seen enough, this Wake County native is ready to leave the problems to the towns, communities, and newcomers who have created them.

  • piene2 Nov 23, 2012

    "I shop at Wal-Mart a lot too. Sadly we do not yet have an Express nearby yet.

    First allow me to apologize for the extra "yet" at the end of my comment.

    Secondly, while we are talking about Wal-Mart, in another post I mentioned that stores do not always stock and display all the merchandise that they carry. I came across the following yesterday while shopping at Wal-Mart online yesterday and found it both amusing and macabre. So I thought this might be a good place to share it.


  • As if .... Nov 23, 2012

    One day Rolesville is going to regret putting subdivisions on every open plot of land ,on two lane roads that are not being widened and traffic nightmares to boot.

  • piene2 Nov 23, 2012

    I shop at Wal-Mart a lot too. Sadly we do not yet have an Express nearby yet.

  • kimandwill89 Nov 23, 2012

    Love Wal Mart Express! Great place to shop.