Tobacco Road open at East 54
Chapel Hill’s Tobacco Road open: The Chapel Hill location of the Tobacco Road Sports Café has opened at East 54, which is the development of restaurants, apartments, off Raleigh Road in Chapel Hill.
There are two other Tobacco Road locations in the Triangle – one in Raleigh, and the other in downtown Durham overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The new location opened on the ground floor of East 54 in Chapel Hill in a space previously occupied by Streets Deli.
Phydeaux expanding in Chapel Hill: The independently owned pet supply store Phydeaux is expanding its Chapel Hill store in the Galleria Shopping Center at 400 S. Elliott Road.
Phydeaux will be keeping its existing 9,000-square-foot space, and gaining an extra 6,000 square feet by expanding into the space next door.
The expansion, which is to be open in March, is expected to allow the store to improve its product selection.
The space has become available since The Lighting Café, a lighting store that’s been in the shopping center for 17 years, is moving.
Owner Jeff Moran said The Lighting Café will be out of the space Jan. 30. The store is staying in Chapel Hill, he said, but he’s not revealing the new location yet.
“We’ve been leasing for 17 years, we want to get into something that’s ours,” Moran said. “The cost of leasing is really high.”
Rams Plaza renovation under way: The first phase of the renovation of Rams Plaza has begun, according to a partner at The Argus Development Group, a part-owner in the center that’s handling the renovating, leasing and management of the property.
Rams Plaza is the shopping center on Fordham Boulevard that houses a Food Lion grocery store, Bailey’s Pub, and a CVS/pharmacy.
Ted Barnes, a partner at Argus, said in an email that the first phase includes architectural improvements to two of the buildings on the site – the large shop building, and the building that houses Bailey’s.
Additionally, he said they’re making improvement to the parking area adjacent to the larger shop building. He said they plan to put up new pylon signs.
The $1.5 million first phase should be complete in the first quarter of next year, he said. All of the shops are still open during the project.
They’re also planning on additional improvements to the portion of the center closest to Ephesus Church Road – including renovations to the Food Lion and CVS/pharmacy building, the main parking lot, and the islands. He said there will be possibly some new construction.
“We do not have a start date for these improvements, as they require approval from the town of Chapel Hill,” he said in an email.
The shopping center was sold by the former owner Madison Marquette for $13.25 million to a joint venture partnership between Argus and The Kalikow Group.
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