Supply is an unincorporated community and has become the catch-all for many of the "yet to be annexed or incorporated" places in central Brunswick County. It shares a U.S. Post Office and a Zip Code with Holden Beach. In 1969 Holden Beach became an incorporated town, yet decades later when a new Post Office was built, it was built in Supply. Almost all of what we call Supply is really county lands and there are no Supply town limit signs, anywhere.
Supply may be the largest unincorporated community in North Carolina. The 2010 Census reported 11,680 people living there, of which around 900 live in the town of Holden Beach, which shares the same zip code. This is a strange statistic for a "community" at the center of an impressive medical center; 2 hospitals, many doctor's offices, EMS services and clinics.
For a graphic description of this, look at this Brunswick County illustration published by the Brunswick County GIS in October, 2009. Look at the Legend, there is no Supply. Look at the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and N.C. Highway 211 where we believe to be the center of Supply. Again nothing, no Supply. From this we can conclude that for a place that does not exist, Supply is home to a lot of Brunswick County.
- is the intersection where Brunswick County's main arteries, U.S. Highway 17 and N.C. Highway 211 intersect.
- is home to the Brunswick County Animal Services
- is where small streams join to form the Lockwood Folly River
- has a U.S. Post Office that is called Supply, NC 28462
- has two schools; Cedar Grove Middle School and Supply Elementary School
- is much closer to almost all of the Bolivia, NC schools and medical facilities than Bolivia itself
- is home to most of the population that claims to be citizens of Holden Beach, but who technically aren't
- is home to scores of doctor's offices, a pharmacy and EMT Services, including
is home to
- the Lockwood Folly Marketplace, which sells and supports local agricultural products and crafts. It is located at 48 Stone Chimney Rd. between US Highway 17 and NC Highway 211.
- 101 Stone Chimney, Brunswick County's newest conference center and home to the Brunswick County Association of Realtors
- Angler's Marine, offering full service boat sales and repair.
- Jerome Munna's The Sign Shoppe.
- The Keil family's Crossroad Appliance Center located just North of the Intersection on NC Highway 211, or the Green Swamp Road.
- is home to the local electric company, Brunswick Electrical Membership Corporation (BEMC)
- is home to one golf course, the Lockwood Folly Country Club, 18-holes
Hopefully we have shed some light on the enigma that is Supply, NC.