Franklin street remains busy as Chapel Hill residents and students make trips to Target.

Orange County faces high losses of potential retail sales

Orange County is facing a retail gap that has lost the county millions of dollars in potential revenue. 

The retail gap happens when residents report spending more money than businesses in the area report in sales, meaning residents are going to other areas to do their shopping. This leads retailers to choose towns like Durham over Chapel Hill.

“We’re still a University-driven retirement town for wealthy folks,” said  Mike Clayton, owner of Clayton Commercial Realty. 


Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that businesses in the area can join. It serves and advances the interests of those businesses and fosters a sustainable environment for them to thrive. It connects members with whatever they need to thrive and helps them save money.

The chamber itself has 10 staff members, and it is supported by community investors. It has a Board of Directors with 32 governing members.

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Though Chapel Hill businesses see a decrease in revenue as students go home for winter break, it is mediated by an increase in patronage by local families.

Winter is coming, but local businesses are ready

As the stress of finals week concludes and UNC students leave town, Chapel Hill businesses will look to permanent residents to fill their shops and restaurants.  Katie Loovis, vice president for external affairs at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, said the total economic impact of winter break is felt most strongly by restaurants and retail but is less extreme than one may think.  Although roughly 30,000 students leave for the break, Loovis said many University faculty, hospital staff and international students stay in town, meaning Chapel Hill shops continue to serve a large customer base. 


UNC System Body President Margaret Spellings speaks at February's annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Meeting.

Chamber of Commerce calls for removal of Silent Sam

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce released a statement on Aug. 28 that supported the recent requests for the removal of UNC’s confederate soldier statue, Silent Sam, and apologized for their past support of segregation before the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. 


Chris Hogan poses with his cows while they feed on Thursday, Oct 22. Hogan says that the cows are more like pets than normal farm animals.

Lake Hogan Farm praised for its 'agritourism'

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will induct seven business leaders into its Hall of Fame on Nov. 5. The Daily Tar Heel will feature each of these inductees. Three generations of the Hogan family, of Lake Hogan Farm, will be among those inducted.