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.

Local stores benefit from national comic book culture

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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

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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. 


Obey Creek vote delayed

Many of those who attended Monday’s Chapel Hill Town Council meeting were surprised when the council decided not to vote on the four Obey Creek development items up for discussion, including Roger Perry of East West Partners, the project’s developer.


Mebane candy factory slated to begin production in July

Morinaga America Foods Inc. is close to completing construction on its 100,000 square-foot candy factory located in Mebane.


Elmo's owners to open new Carr Mill Mall restaurant

Within the next few days there will be a new casual venue on the Carrboro restaurant scene.

Cafe Symmetry will open in Carr Mill Mall, in the space formerly occupied by Panzanella.


Crepe restaurant to open on Franklin

Following the suit of a string of new Franklin Street eateries opening this year is Crepe Culture, a cafe serving a variety of crepes and coffee drinks.


Krispy Kreme location closes permanently due to poor sales

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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

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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

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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.