SoCo Pittsboro sits a few steps from the Courthouse and right on the roundabout in Downtown Pittsboro, which is the county seat for Chatham County. Generations of judges, lawyers, and those who sat in front of them have strolled these streets and frequented downtown businesses.
SoCo includes the former Justice Motor Company, which was owned by brothers Frank and Fred Justice and included dealerships in Siler City and Pittsboro. Built in 1924 and referred to as “The Stroud Building”, the space housed the Chatham Motor Company until the Justice brothers purchased in in 1930. In the 1940s Justice Motor Company expanded the dealership to include SoCo buildings on Sanford Road that currently house The Mod and Chatham Business and by adding an Art Deco/Art Moderne style showroom. This showroom fronted onto West Street (Highway 64W) and is currently available for lease. During the over forty years that Fred C. Justice had a car dealership in Pittsboro, he gradually expanded to include additional buildings and lots in and around the Motor Company.
Please enjoy the photos and click here to read an excellent article about The Justice Brothers and Justice Motor Company, written by Margaret Hamlet Bingham and used courtesy of the Chatham County Historical Association.
While the vision for SoCo is forward-looking in many ways, it actually echoes a return to the bustling downtown lifestyle that originally put Pittsboro on the map. As the County seat, downtown Pittsboro was a magnet for commercial trade and social interaction. It was where one went to meet friends, exchange ideas and make new discoveries. SoCo is building on Pittsboro’s rich social and economic history by offering exciting new attractions to prompt a return to vibrant downtown life.