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.

TOPO Back Bar throws it back

Top of the Hill’s Back Bar will be throwing it back starting on Thursday. 


Business community mourns Chris Derby

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Around town, Chris Derby was known as a successful Chapel Hill businessman who was always willing to give back. But at home, Chris Derby was known as “cool-rocking daddy.”


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs to open on Franklin Street later this week

Hot dog lovers rejoice —Trolly Stop Hot Dogs will open on Franklin Street this week.


Village Plaza construction causes parking challenges

Customers who frequent Whole Foods or any other store in Chapel Hill’s Village Plaza might run into parking difficulty in the next few weeks.


Local breweries joined in the UNC-Duke competition

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In the midst of one of the greatest rivalries in sports, top breweries of Chapel Hill and Durham began an attempt to bridge the bitter gap with a smooth brew


Merritt’s Grill fundraiser honors Chapel Hill shooting victims

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Donations are beginning to pour in for a special memorial fund set up to honor the three victims of the Chapel Hill shooting.


Residents treasure local improv comedy classes at DSI Comedy Theater

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DSI Comedy Theater regularly hosts comedy shows featuring improvisation, stand-up and scenes based on the lives of well-known local figures like Gary Crunkleton of The Crunkleton bar. Behind the scenes, DSI comedians and staff train new comics in six-week classes focused on improvisation, sketch comedy or stand-up writing.


In NC, a handful of drive-in theaters remain

Soon the only way you’ll be able to see a drive-in movie might be through the movies that once played on their screens.


Student group awarded $50,000 for frozen food truck

Student-run startup Seal the Seasons moved one step closer to its dream of purchasing a frozen food truck when it won the $50,000 grand prize at the 2015 Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh.


Town to sell Main Street property which used to house Fleet Feet

Carrboro is looking to hire a real estate firm to sell the town-owned property above the Acme Food & Beverage Co.


All up in your business for Feb. 10, 2015

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An expanded speakeasy is coming to Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom in Carrboro.


Chapel Hill mourns Dean Smith

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The corned beef sandwich was his favorite. He almost always ordered it to go.


Franklin Street has seen many closures this school year

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Franklin Street. It is as iconic to Chapel Hill as the Old Well, but lately the epicenter of downtown has seen several businesses come and go, leaving many to question if Franklin Street has lost its magic.


YesterYears Brewery plans for bright future in Carrboro

Huge silver tanks line the walls, and wooden scaffolds shape the room, outlining the construction that still needs to be completed.


Developers irk Cat’s Cradle owner

Cat’s Cradle owner Frank Heath walked out of a public hearing on the proposed Arts and Innovation Center Tuesday night after expressing his frustration.


Legislators predict a policy regulating Airbnb might be next

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With its pale green exterior and vivid blue siding, the Pittsboro bed-and-breakfast run by Lisa Piper and Dave Clark — a short walk from the Chatham County Courthouse — is hard to miss.


Comedy groups flock to DSI festival

Comics from across the country are making their way to Chapel Hill this week for Dirty South Improv’s 15th annual North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.


Carrboro free e-book business Freebooksy receives $50,000 grant

As e-books gain popularity, companies that provide them are gaining ground — like Freebooksy, a free e-book business in Carrboro.


Carolina Research Venture Fund will help faculty startups

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With new money designed to help faculty with their business ventures, student entrepreneurs are hoping the money will eventually trickle down to them.


Carrboro Board of Aldermen vote to sell vacant downtown property

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted to sell the vacant, town-owned condominium space at 110 East Main St., located above Acme Food & Beverage Co.