A new store targeting people interested in doomsday prepping and survival is open on South Boulevard, called, aptly enough, Carolina Preppers and Survivors.
The store bills itself as "Charlotte's premier outdoor, prepping and survival supply store."
"We have and can order Authentic Military Clothing, Gear, Ammo, Food and anything you need for the Great Outdoors, Prepping, Survival and Hobbyists or Enthusiasts," the website reads. The store carries everything from MREs and survival food to sleeping bags, Kevlar helmets, rifle magazines and tents.
Now, you might be asking yourself, what exactly is "prepping?" Basically, it's preparing for the eventuality that society will stop functioning in some kind of catastrophic collapse by stockpiling food, ammo and other survival supplies.
Prepping culture has grown more prominent in recent years, highlighted by the National Geographic show "Doomsday Preppers." That program debuted in 2012 and showcases families who are preparing to survive the end of civilization, be it through war, disease, solar flares or economic collapse (In the interest of full disclosure, after watching a little too much Doomsday Preppers one day, I went out and bought about two week's worth of canned food. It all ended up at the food bank.).
I couldn't reach the store Friday by phone. Listed hours online are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.