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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified the owner of The Franklin Hotel. The hotel is owned by Wintergreen Hospitality, which also submitted the proposal for the housing development that would be located behind the Franklin Hotel. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

Downtown Business

Topper’s Pizza, a national pizza chain, will be moving into the spot left vacant by Gumby’s Pizza.

Hot Dogs & Brew, a popular eatery on Franklin, closed its doors this year to make way for Hummus Café, a Mediteranean style restaurant that has opened in its place.

Sup Dogs, a hot dog restaurant popular among East Carolina University students in Greeneville, NC, plans to open a new location on Franklin in early 2014.

Students looking for late night eats can find two new options on Franklin, Waffle House, which is open 24 hours a day, and Insomnia Cookies, which delivers until 3 a.m.

A new clothing outlets, Thrill City, opened in October. The store features clothing inspired by local artists and photographers.

CVS Pharmacy has opened in Bank of America’s previous location in November.

140 West

Construction finished on the eight-story 140 West Franklin development earlier this year.

Two new eateries have made the development their home — Lime Mexican Grill and Gigi’s Cupcakes. Spicy 9 Sushi Bar and Asian Restaurant and Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom plan to join the development in 2014.

Eyecarecenter will move from University Square to the 140 West in December. Gentlemen’s Corner, a high-end clothing boutique, plans to open in February.

There are condominiums for sale above the retail center. About 120 out of 140 have been sold.

There is room for four more businesses in the 140 West development.

University Square

Demolition of University Square is slated to begin late next year, but most of its longtime tenants have already made their way elsewhere.

Kidzu Children’s Museum, Fine Feathers and Peacock Alley Gifts will move to new locations at University Mall.

Once the square is demolished, it will be rebuilt. The new development will consist of three buildings with 580,000 square feet of mixed-use space and 300 residential units.


Shortbread Lofts, a seven-story building on Rosemary Street that will have 85 residential units, completed vertical construction in October, adding even more height to the downtown Chapel Hill skyline. Residents will be able to move in next summer.

The development received criticism from neighbors in September when workers illegally poured concrete in the middle of the night. They later secured the permits necessary to pour concrete starting at 3 a.m.

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A new housing development for students on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will open in August 2014.

Lux at Central Park, previously known as the Bicycle Apartments, will have 194 units with one- to four-bedroom options available for rent.

Wintergreen Hospitality, the same company that owns the Franklin Hotel, also proposed a controversial project to the Chapel Hill Town Council in November.

The complex could house 177 residents and would allow students to live in a high-density apartment complex behind the Franklin Hotel.