Fleet Feet coming to Durham
New Fleet Feet store for Durham: Fleet Feet Inc., the Carrboro-based franchisor of running shoe and accessory stores, is opening a store in Durham at the Renaissance Center shopping center.
The center, which is also home to REI, Best Buy, Old Navy, and Ultra, is off Fayetteville Road across from The Streets at Southpoint. The new Fleet Feet Sports store will be in a more-than 4,000-square-foot space between Nordstrom Rack and Pier 1. It’s planned to open in late October.
The franchisees who own the Fleet Feet Sports store in Carrboro are opening the new Durham location.
“We’re excited to introduce people in Durham to the resources we have available and to serve people in communities west of Raleigh like Morrisville and Apex as well,” said Brian White, the operator of the Carrboro store along with his wife Tricia White. “We want to help build strong fitness communities by helping more people become active with programs like No Boundaries which is for true beginners.”
The company is also opening a new location in Raleigh at the Market at Colonnade on Six Forks Road.
Beer Festival reminder: The World Beer Festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, is returning to downtown Durham on Oct. 5.
The location has changed from last year: the festival will be held at the Durham Athletic Park, instead of at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park as it has been in several recent years.
The festival dates to 1995. It was held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2008 and then again from 2010 through last year, according to Kelly Mahoney, a marketing association with All About Beer Magazine. In the other years, she said it was held at the Durham Athletic Park.
She said in an email that the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is undergoing some renovations and the timeline for construction doesn’t work with the festival timeline.
“We are excited to come back to the Durham Athletic Park, and are making a lot of changes since we were last there in 2009, including closing down some of the surrounding streets to allow for more room and additional entrance points into the festival, which will make for much shorter lines at entry,” she said in an email.
Also for the first time, there will be food trucks at the festival, as well as local bands and games, displays and exhibits.
Festivalgoers can sample unlimited 2-ounce pours of beer from more than 100 breweries during either a four-hour afternoon or four-hour evening session.
Tickets are on sale at www.worldbeerfestival.com. General admission tickets are available for $45 and include a tasting glass.
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