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.

Verizon drops call for contracts

Heeding the call of competitors, Verizon Wireless eliminated two-year contracts from its business model — ending years of subsidized cellphone plans.

Carrboro residents split over proposed shopping center

Carrboro residents are divided over plans for a new shopping center in town.

Pharmacy in Student Stores will open late fall

Campus Health Services will open a pharmacy on the third floor of Student Stores later this semester.

Proposed sales tax bill could divide urban, rural counties in NC


A bill in the N.C. legislature could reallocate hundreds of millions of dollars from urban retail centers like Chapel Hill to rural communities — and it has elicited criticism from both sides of the aisle.

Ease of North Carolina business startups debated

A recent survey gave North Carolina a B- overall for small business friendliness, but experts disagree on what conclusions the grades offer. 

14 years later, Sakura says sayonara


Sakura Xpress is leaving Chapel Hill, but its signature hibachi won’t be gone for long. 

Country Night moseys from Deep End to Country Fried Duck


Twenty-five cent beers are gone, but Country Night is here to stay — elsewhere.

Rise biscuits to open 5 new locations

Rise Biscuits & Donuts offers more than your typical buttered biscuit, and this popular chain will soon be coming to Carrboro.

Crepe Culture becomes Crepe Traditions

After backlash for the name “Crepe Culture,” co-owners Sree Valluru and Suridha Kovuri changed the name of their Franklin Street restaurant to “Crepe Traditions.” 

7 startups get ready to LAUNCH

Earlier this month, seven startups joined accelerator program Launch Chapel Hill to help get their businesses off the ground.

UNC student guide to the UConnection deals

The first few weeks of college can be hard on a wallet. We strongly recommend you take advantage of as many deals as possible, and we want to help you do that.

Players' jerseys still on sale at UNC, but policy may change next year


Marcus Paige’s No. 5 Carolina Blue basketball jerseys have flown off retailers’ shelves the last two years, but next year, jersey selection may be limited.

Craigslist-like market for campuses gathers users

The beginnings and ends of semesters are marked by many things: stress, a flurry of hasty packing and often piles of furniture and Walmart rugs being thrown away.

Groupon offers unbeatable deals

As students, we know the importance of getting a good deal.

Local stores benefit from national comic book culture


Shortly before West Franklin Street meets Carrboro, a storefront with a blue awning displays the name Chapel Hill Comics.

Country Fried Duck opens its doors on Rosemary Street


If you ever hear Shania Twain’s song “I Feel Like a Woman” while walking down Rosemary Street, it’s probably coming from Country Fried Duck.

Students create waterless car wash

A new car washing service headed by UNC students is coming to University Place this fall.

Construction at University Place moving forward

Construction and a name change are reshaping the complex Chapel Hill residents used to know as University Mall .

Town considers development expansion that could encroach on resource conservation district

The Chapel Hill Town Council could eventually consider approving the construction of part of a development within a resource conservation district on Eubanks Road.

Obey Creek development moves forward after long debate

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted 7-1 to approve the Obey Creek development agreement Monday, greenlighting a 1.5 million-square-foot residential and retail project on U.S. Highway 15-501 across from Southern Village.