Gorillaz Web Shop Redirects To Family-Oriented Guns & Ammo Dealer

For several weeks, the official Gorillaz web shop – http://www.shop.gorillaz.com – has redirected to Betty’s Country Grocery in Stokes County, North Carolina.

The building where Betty’s Country Grocery is located was built in the early 1940s, but Betty did not run her business from the location until she bought it from the County Sheriff, Tony Blalock, in 1986. She’s proud of her family business. “Only family works here,” Betty tells Hacked.com. She’s never heard of Gorillaz, and finds it interesting that their shop has redirected to her website.

Gorillaz shop on wayback machine in 2004

“We are just trying to provide the things people in the area need,” Betty said. “That’s why we added guns and ammo, as well as baits, since 1986. She says the gun business is doing really good.

“People are afraid the next president is gonna do away with them,” she said. “They’re going to do something that will make it so you can’t buy guns. Everyone who buys a gun here goes through a FBI background check for the FBI. That’s so they don’t get into the wrong hands. On television, they say that there need to be background checks. We do.”

Betty says most of their clients are collectors or buying one for home defense. Betty has a handgun for the latter purpose. “I went and shot it once to see what it felt like,” she said. Betty’s Country Grocery began stocking guns because customers requested it. The gunsmith, who does gun repair and can engrave your name on a gun, is also a popular service provided by the small business.

Gorillaz web shop on wayback machine in 2008
Gorillaz web shop on wayback machine in 2008

“My son that works here and grandson have a concealed carry and I have one on them all the time, Betty says. “You never know when someone is gonna come in and stick a gun in your face, and I’ve got one up front where i work.” Betty’s Country Grocery has had ten break-ins, but luckily no robberies.

“It’d be just terrible to be here and not defend yourself,” she said. “If they come in and stick a gun in your face, even if you know em, they’re still gonna shoot you.”

Other than guns and ammos, another popular item at Betty’s is carp flavoring. “It’s for jackpot fishing: whoever catches the biggest fish keeps the prize money.” Bett’s has 500 different types of carp flavoring, all listed on their website. They ship the flavorings nationwide.

“We’re just family oriented, trying to serve the public, and trying to make a living,” she says.

Family built the website; namely, Stokes Web design. “He stays about six months behind [on bills], because he won’t do anything porn or alcohol related, and everyone wants him to do those websites.  

Gorillaz, a British virtual band formed in 1998 by then Blur frontman Damon Albarn and virtual artist Jamie Hewitt, consists of four animated members, whose fictional universe is explored through the band’s website and music videos. Their music has been categorized as alternative rock, britpop, trip hop, hip hop, electronica, indie, dub, reggae and pop.

Gorillaz made headlines last month when fans found tour dates on their website. Posts were made on the Gorillaz Instagram website. Now, the band’s shop redirects to Betty’s Country Grocery. The new album, set for release in early 2017, will feature De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Vic Mensa, and more.

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