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.

Krispy Kreme location closes permanently due to poor sales


The Hot Light at the Krispy Kreme location on East Franklin Street is off for good.

UNC and GlaxoSmithKline pledge to cure AIDS

Since 1981 when UNC Hospitals admitted its first patient with AIDS UNC has worked towards the bold goal of curing a patient with HIV.

UNC, GSK create new company to cure HIV/AIDS

UNC has partnered with GlaxoSmithKline to launch a joint venture focused on developing a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Mama Dip's serves up classic southern food for annual Orange County Community Dinner

On Sunday, Orange County residents from all walks of life will realize they have a lot more in common than a love for fried chicken when they come together for Orange County’s annual Community Dinner. 

Fewer breweries on tap in the South

Although North Carolina has the most breweries in the South, the region still lags behind other parts of the United States in the number of craft breweries per capita.

Students start high-end boxer line called Buds Boxers


To Lawson Kuehnert and his team, all of the fun is in your pants.

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant opens second location in Carrboro

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, a popular restaurant in Chapel Hill, opened a second location in Carrboro Plaza Sunday.

Students test drive electric bicycles at Kenan-Flagler


Students got the chance to test an alternative form of transportation on Tuesday — in the form of an ELF.

Construction impacts access to new Carolina Square site

The first step in transforming University Square to Carolina Square took place on Tuesday as fences went up around the construction site.

Chapel Hill, Carrboro celebrate excellent businesses

An awards night complete with red carpets, cocktail receptions and entertainment will celebrate Chapel Hill-Carrboro businesses on May 28, hosted by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

Carolina Inn makes its own honey


A canvas tarp protected the elegant carpeting of the Carolina Inn’s North Parlor Thursday morning as employees painted wooden boxes that will house the inn’s starter bee colonies.

On-street loading zones under review

For freshman Caroline Hall, the loading zones along Franklin Street make it harder for her and other pedestrians to get around.

Clothing Warehouse will close at the end of this month


Soon, passersby will no longer get to see the vibrant and colorful displays in the window of The Clothing Warehouse on Franklin Street.

Franklin Street business owners fear panhandlers deter customers


As panhandling persists on Franklin Street, businesses are worried about the effects the practice will have on customers and sales.

Dogs, owners share a walk and a beer in weekend parade


The Chapel Hill-Carrboro area provides residents with no shortage of places to drink good beer in great weather.

Open mic event at Flyleaf accompanies Shelby Stephenson reading

Students will have the chance to perform original poetry alongside the state's poet laureate at Flyleaf Books tonight.

On campus, Pepsi and Coke spar


This year, UNC entered the 11th year of its contract with Pepsi — and while the relationship brings in $200,000 of financial aid per year, some students wish Coca-Cola would be more readily available on campus.

Kidzu museum opens in University Mall


Children can engage their inner explorer at the 10-foot Tar Heel Treehouse at Kidzu’s new space in University Mall, which opens Saturday.

Carrboro Bicycle Coalition seeks bike friendly businesses

Now that spring is in the air, the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition is preparing to expand its collection of businesses designated as bicycle friendly.

Thrill City will close its doors in May

Thrill City, a Chapel Hill-based clothing brand, will soon be selling the last of its original merchandise to the community that provided the inspiration for its various designs.