Clothing store eyes Northgate location
New Plato’s Closet?: The owner of Plato’s Closet stores in Durham and in Cary wants to open a new store at Northgate Mall, a spokeswoman confirmed in an email Tuesday.
Plato’s Closet is a chain of resale clothing stores that buys and sells gently used clothing and serves teenagers as well as men and women in their 20s. The new store in Durham is targeted to open in early summer of this year.
The store needs to build up inventory before the official grand opening date when customers can both buy and sell at the store, according to an email, so there will be an “open to buy” period before that time.
The owner of the planned new store, Scott Cline, also owns the Plato’s Closet at 8128 Renaissance Parkway in Durham and on Crossroads Boulevard in Cary. While Cline said he has not signed a lease yet, the new store is “pretty certainly happening.” He said he’s looking at a summer opening.
Cline is targeting opening the store in an exterior-facing space at Northgate in between Sears and Macy’s, he said.
Cinco de Mayo restaurant coming to Durham: The owner of the Cinco de Mayo Mexican restaurants in Chapel Hill and Raleigh is planning to open a third restaurant in Durham in the former space of the El Agave Mexican Grill.
The location is near N.C. 55’s intersection with N.C. 54 near the entrance to the Parkwest Crossing shopping center. The building previously housed Oh! Brian’s before El Agave opened there last year.
Juan Rossi, who owns Cinco de Mayo restaurants in Chapel Hill and in Raleigh, said El Agave closed in December. He took over the space and plans to open his restaurant within weeks.
“I know there is a huge lunch crowd traffic because of the Research Triangle Park, and it’s a really good family area,” he said. “(But) I think that area hasn’t’ really been appreciated for (this) kind of business – dinner business. So we’re trying to bring something the dinner crowd will appreciate.”
Rossi said Cinco de Mayo has a “huge variety” on its menu. He said he’s re-arranged the lighting in the building, added new seating, installed 15-inch TVs, and renovated the bar.
“We pride ourselves to be not your regular or average Mexican restaurant,” he said.
Bakery truck a finalist: Chez Moi Bakery, a Durham-based food truck that launched in March of last year selling cakes flavored with rum, vodka, bourbon, tequila and beer, is one of 100 finalists in the FedEx Small Business Grant contest.
The truck was founded by Rhonda Jones, a specialty baker who grew her business from a small online operation selling cakes for the holidays to a supplier of desserts for other businesses, and now to a dessert food truck.
Jones entered the FedEx contest to try to grow her product line. She said in a news release that she’s working on creating shelf-stable products, a dessert sauce, and a baking mix.
The 100 businesses were chosen from more than 5,000 original applicants, according to the release. The next step in the competition will be the selection of 10 winners, including the grand prize winner, four first-place winners, and five second-place winners, on March 24.
To see the list of finalists, go to the website https://smallbusiness.fedex.com/top-100.html. For information about Chez Moi Bakery, follow the truck on Twitter at @ChezMoiBakery, go to her Facebook website at www.facebook.com/chezmoibakery.
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