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.

Morinaga candy factory will bring up to 100 jobs to the county


As Japanese company Morinaga America Foods Inc. prepares to open its candy factory in Mebane, the company is trying to recruit workers who could start as early as April.

All up in your business for Jan. 27, 2015

Part of a periodic update on local businesses.

Lunch Angels continue paying off overdue lunch debts for students in Durham, Orange counties

Three business owners have branched into the business of blessings, as they continue to assist area schools in paying off their overdue lunch debts.

Longtime Franklin Street clothier Milton Julian dies


Milton Julian spent his life finding the right fit and style for his customers — and the right way to lift their spirits.

Varsity Theatre reaches its $50,000 fundraising goal


The Varsity Theatre is ditching film and going digital.

Med Deli market brings fresh produce to Franklin Street


Franklin Street’s Mediterranean Deli is now a triple threat: restaurant, bakery and market.

Carolina Ale House to open on West Franklin Street in 2015

Chapel Hill sports fans sick of crowded bars on game days can welcome another addition to town later this year with the opening of Carolina Ale House.

Caribou Coffee closed doors for good in December


After losing his longtime tenant at 110 W. Franklin St. last month, Owen Gwyn is determined to find a new business to lease the space that students will love.

UNC, Duke students collaborate on sweaty-palm solution


The embarrassing problem of sweaty hands might not be an issue for long thanks to the work of a team of UNC and Duke students.

Students start waterless car washing business


The idea started in London, took shape in a business class at UNC and was tested in a University Mall parking lot.

Durham Mardi Gras starts fundraising for February event

Durham residents and other locals are able to enjoy a Mardi Gras celebration without traveling to New Orleans, all completely free of charge. But keeping it this way is no easy task. 

Top This! latest in a series of Franklin Street closures


Matilde Alvarez and Rafael Rios saw Top This! Roast Beef, Burgers & More as an opportunity to fulfill a dream, but reality caught up with the business owners who closed the restaurant for good in December due to profit loss and business complications.

Alpine Bagel rises and shines with new look, renovations


It’s the best thing since sliced bagels, according to one Alpine Bagel Cafe employee.

Varsity Theatre campaigns to stay open through digital changeover


Bobby Funk’s memories from the Varsity Theatre include much more than the iconic movie scenes that have flickered across the screen at the Chapel Hill institution.

Kidzu Children's Museum to open permanent University Mall location


The echoes of children laughing and learning once heard in University Square will now live on in University Mall.

Mediterranean restaurant to open in Qdoba spot


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


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