Topics: Business and Economic Development

Recently, the town of Chapel Hill has undertaken projects to encourage more business and boost the local economy.

Chapel Hill has worked to bring more businesses to downtown. The town sold its parking deck on West Franklin Street to allow for a $55 million development project called 140 West. The goal was to revitalize downtown business and the project was completed in 2013.

The town has also approved the development of the properties in formerly-named University Square, located at 123 W. Franklin St. The project will provide 300 residential units along with 580,000 square feet of mixed use space.

Mediterranean restaurant to open in Qdoba spot

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Chapel Hill is hungry for a fresh take on Franklin Street dining.


Developments spur debate around Chapel Hill

A handful of major developments made progress in Chapel Hill this year, contributing the growing residential and commercial space in the town.


UNC Student Stores holds fifth annual Mammoth Monday

“There are a lot of things at the student store I enjoy looking at,”

“We’re not some big corporation with money going out of state. The store is owned by the university, and it’s here to support the University. Period. This store is all about the students.”


Ten Thousand Villages hosts fundraiser for Seymour Center

The holiday shopping season in Chapel Hill is in full swing — and one local business is using the influx of customers to raise money for a worthy cause.


300 East Main shows "Frozen" to benefit TABLE

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Despite sunny skies and a temperate forecast, things got a little chilly in Carrboro this weekend.


Tarheel Takeout data hacked

Tarheel Takeout customers are keeping a close eye on their bank accounts after the company revealed hackers might have accessed account information.


Town, county urge business, organizations to use public funds

At its joint meeting with Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough officials Wednesday, the Orange County Board of Commissioners stressed the importance of getting businesses and organizations to apply for county funding and discussed creating a 2016 bond referendum for capital projects in schools and other areas in the county.


Chapel Hill artist is selling his priceless art at Crook’s Corner

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Chapel Hill artist Paul Hrusovsky believes his work is priceless. 


Community kitchen coming to Rosemary Street

Kathy Gunn knows better than most that no matter who someone is or where he or she comes from, everybody can agree on one thing: Food brings people together.


Chamber of Commerce inducts second class of business leaders into Hall of Fame

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Six businesses and their owners were enshrined forever in the town of Chapel Hill’s memory when the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Hall of Fame inductions on Thursday. 


Student group Carolina Microfinance Initiative gets candy business off of the ground

From butter mints in Chapel Hill to banks in Guatemala, the Carolina Microfinance Initiative is promoting entrepreneurship one check at a time.


RSVVP has record number of participating restaurants

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More and more restaurants are taking one night a year to contribute to fighting food poverty in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.


Entrepreneurs to help town simplify, innovate with government

Entrepreneurs might be able to teach the Town of Chapel Hill something about problem solving.


Franklin Hotel joins Hilton Hotel Curio Collection

The Franklin Hotel is joining the Hilton Hotel Curio Collection, making it part of a worldwide franchise.


Chamber of Commerce honors funeral home director Susie Weaver

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will induct six business leaders and families into its Hall of Fame on Thursday. The Daily Tar Heel will feature each of its inductees. Susie Weaver will be among those inducted.


Launch Chapel Hill looks for new class of entrepreneurs

Almost two years after he became a part of Launch Chapel Hill’s first class of business ventures, Jeff Henriod, founder of Let’s Chip In, said he appreciates the resources he received from the program — especially the space that fostered a collaborative environment between participants.


University Directories goes bankrupt, attempts to avoid forcible takeover

University Directories, a Chapel Hill-based business owned by prominent businessman Jim Heavner, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Oct. 24 to protect the company from a hostile takeover.


Bynum Weaver to be honored with Hall of Fame induction

Bynum Weaver was a hard worker, the owner of a funeral home and grocery store and one of Chapel Hill’s most well-loved caretakers.


Gigi's Cupcakes says goodbye to Chapel Hill

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UNC junior Shauna Barnett always tries to fit in her monthly trip to Gigi’s Cupcakes for a frosting-filled break, but now she will have to go elsewhere to get her sugar fix.


Chamber will honor founder of Chapel Hill radio station WCHL

“Nonstop Chapel Hill” might have been the slogan for local radio station WCHL, but the phrase is also descriptive of the station’s founder, Sandy McClamroch.