Island Convenience

Categories: Seafood, Grill (Convenience Store)

Contact Information

23532 Hwy 12
Rodanthe, NC 27968

Phone: 252-987-2239

Fax: 252-987-1322

Hours of Operation

Grill Hours: 6:00am - 3:00pm

Store Hours: 6:00am - 9:00pm

Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch

Traveling south on Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet, you can’t miss the Island Convenience gas station, grocery, and deli on the right side of the road. This business is a strategic stopping place for anyone to get directions, buy gas, pick up some last minute items, or have a meal at the deli. If you are having vehicle issues, this is a good place to stop because they have a repair and towing business as well.


  • Health Department Grade:  96
  • Credit Cards:  Accepts all major cards
  • Attire:  Casual
  • On Site Parking:  Yes
  • WIFI:  Yes
  • Take Out:  Yes
  • Kids Entertainment:  Yes
  • Good for Groups:  Yes
  • Samples:  Sample


In the late 1960’s, Mac Midgett operated an auto repair shop and gas station in the village of Rodanthe.  He later owned a seafood market and started the Island Convenience in 1982.  A hurricane flooded the original building, so he decided to construct a new elevated building in 1994 to prevent flooding.  A front porch running the entire length of the structure and tongue-and-groove wooden flooring provides this business with a lot of character.  While you are visiting, ask the family about the nearby ‘Chicamacamico’ Life Saving Station.

Chef Biography

Island Convenience

The Deli Manager, Joyce Walters, is a native of the Island, and has worked in restaurants for many years.

Owner Biography

Island Convenience

The business is owned by the Midgett Family, residents of Hatteras Island for five generations.  Martha Cardwell, Mac Midgett’s daughter, her brother, Joey, and his mother, Marilyn, own and operate the business.  Mac Midgett, a former Dare County Commissioner and well known business man, started the operation. Martha grew up working in the business during the summer, and shouldered most of the management responsibility after her father died.  Joey helps her in the store doing whatever is necessary, and their mother is retired.

Specialties & Additional Menu Options

  • Menu Seafood: 

    Hatteras Style Clam Chowder!

  • Beverage Specials: 

    Wine tastings!

  • Course Specialties: 

    Homemade Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Seafood Salad (when available).  In the off season try our homemade Chicken and Dumplings!


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