The Ackland Art Museum is expanding its boundaries with a store on Franklin Street, but it’s unknown when its doors will open.
The future home of the store at 100 East Franklin St. was originally scheduled to open in November, but has since been delayed indefinitely.
Museum director Emily Kass spearheaded the movement to open the Ackland Museum Store in an effort to both broaden the exposure of the museum and promote downtown Chapel Hill as a cultural destination.
“We realized that museums all over the country have stores,” said Emily Bowles, director of communications for the museum. “Many Ackland visitors and supporters have requested a store over the years.”
With a start-up grant from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and an ideal location on the corner of Columbia and Franklin streets, the vision that Kass has had since she started working at the museum four years ago was made possible.
The store, leased by UNC on behalf of the Ackland, will include 2000 ft. of retail space and 600 ft. of gallery space.
Store manager Alice Southwick said that the retail space will include an array of affordable merchandise.
“The merchandise will include lots of items the students will love, including sketchbooks, handmade calligrapher’s brushes, a nice selection of plastic cameras and jewelry,” Southwick said.
The store will also carry books and items that will reflect the permanent and temporary collections and educational programs at the museum, Bowles said.