Posted Jan 18th, 2019 in Weekend Wish List
Since the mid-1800s, Western Union has operated as a financial services and communications company. Fifty years ago, the Langley family established an agency in Downtown Wilmington. Originally located in the Montgomery-Ward building (now owned by Finkelstein’s), the agency has been on 2nd Street since 1972 and is conveniently situated opposite the County parking deck where parking is free for the first 90 minutes.
Throughout the 20th century, Western Union was a key provider of telegram services. Many telegrams had to be hand-delivered which kept the Langleys busy. The current owner, Charlene Brooks (formerly Langley), recalls having a lot of fun delivering special occasion and singing telegrams. The Langleys still have their original telegram machine on display.
As technology advanced, telegram services ended and Western Union began selling pre-paid phone cards. You can now buy basic smartphones at each agency and the Langleys recently became the first local vendors of US Cellular pre-paid wireless phones.
The Western Union Langley Sales Agency also offers a multitude of financial services including one that has remained strong with Western Union for 150 years—money transfer. Money transfer through banks used to be a complex process that took time and was expensive. At Western Union, making utility payments and transferring money to people anywhere in the world is simple and quick. You don’t even have to have a bank account.
Other services available include money orders, ATM, photocopies, fax and notary. You can also buy sodas and snacks and can choose from 65 different types of scratch-off ticket because Langley Sales is the largest lottery ticket vendor in the area. One customer got lucky shortly before Christmas with a $10,000 win!
Whether you’re a winner or not, you will always be treated with kindness at the downtown Western Union Langley Sales Agency. Charlene looks after her customers and goes the extra mile to take care of the community.
Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday open hours coming soon.
Langley Sales Agency
209 N 2Nd St
Wilmington, NC 28401