The Carolina Square development expects to open several new businesses in early 2018. The mixed-use complex, already home to Target and the apparel store Alumni Hall, opened in July 2017 and continues to grow as a cultural hub for downtown Chapel Hill.
The new businesses include retailers like Francesca’s, a popular women’s clothing boutique, and Arrow, a hair salon that serves complimentary beer. In February, Carolina Performing Arts is set to open Current, an ‘ArtSpace+Studio’ that combines physical and performance art.
“The physical location (of Carolina Square) is absolutely key for connecting the different sides of our town,” said Meg McGurk, executive director of the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership. “It brings students and locals together in a very tangible way.”
The development also expects to open Purvelo, an indoor cycling studio, in late January. The company has locations in Charlottesville, Va., and Auburn, Ala., which use electronic music and lights to create a unique exercise experience.