Local popsicle shop shutting doors

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

Locopops closing Chapel Hill store: The gourmet frozen popsicle vendor Locopops is closing its Chapel Hill and Raleigh stores later this month.

However, Locopops’ Durham store, on Hillsborough Road, is unaffected. It closes for its winter holiday break from mid-December through mid-January, however.

The company is closing two locations as it looks to refocus its business model on selling pops wholesale and at events, according to a post on its Facebook page.

“When we started, brick-and-mortar locations made the most sense,” the post said. “But customer feedback tells me that folks increasingly want to enjoy Locopops during festivals, farmers markets, ball games, etc., and they want the convenience of grabbing a pop or pint while they’re shopping for other items or getting a coffee. They’re less and less likely to make a special trip for one item.”

The last day of business at the Chapel Hill and Raleigh locations will be Oct. 27.

To find Locopops in the Chapel Hill area, go to Weaver Street Market, Johnny’s Gone Fishing in Carrboro, the Looking Glass Café & Boutique Inc. in Carrboro, or the Saxapahaw General Store in Alamance County.

In Durham, they’re sold at the Durham store on Hillsborough Road, at the café at the Museum of Life and Science, at Foster’s Market and at Sam’s Quik Shop.

To book Locopops for an event, send an email to locopopsdurham@yahoo.com or leave a message at 919-286-3500.

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Cupcakes at 140 West: Gigi’s Cupcakes has opened at the new 140 West mixed-use development on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Gigi’s is a Nashville, Tenn.,-based cupcake chain. The location in Chapel Hill is owned by a local franchisee.

The shop is the second business to open at 140 West behind Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, which opened in April.

Other retailers that have committed to the project include the Eye Care Center, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Spicy Nine, and Gentlemen’s Corner.

 

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