Apricot Lane, Vans stores coming to Southpoint

Jun. 11, 2013 @ 03:20 PM

New stores at Southpoint: A store selling Vans-brand skateboard shoes and clothing is planned to open this summer at The Streets at Southpoint.

It’s opening in the second-floor space that previously housed Build-a-Bear, which closed at the mall earlier this year.

Vans is a brand of shoes and clothing of the Greensboro-based publicly traded company VF Corp., a clothing and shoe company that also owns or licenses brands including The North Face, Timberland, Lee, Riders, and Nautica.

The company brought in a profit of $273 million in the first quarter of the year on revenues of $2.6 billion.

Southpoint is home to another store that caters to skaters: Zumiez. The store, which opened last year at Southpoint, sells footwear, accessories and gear for skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing.

“Vans and Zumiez will be a nice complement to each other as both cater to a younger shopper and provide great selections for shoppers in the Triangle,” Ashley Warrick, the mall’s marketing manager, said in an email. “Zumiez offers a variety of shoe, skate and snowboard brands as well as teen clothing.”

The mall is also slated to get a location of the national women’s clothing and accessories franchise Apricot Lane Boutique.

The store is replacing Littman’s Jewelers, according to Warrick.

The boutique is targeted to open in June and to have a grand opening in mid-July, Warrick said. The stores sell clothing, jewelry, handbags, and accessories for women.

There are existing Apricot Lane locations in the Triangle at the North Hills shopping center in Raleigh and at the Cary Towne Center.


AMC new operator of Southpoint Cinemas: Operations, including ticket prices, at Southpoint Cinemas 17 + IMAX are largely unchanged following the acquisition of the theater earlier this year by AMC Theatres, according to Warrick.

The company, based in the Kansas City, Mo., area, has interests in 344 theaters with 4,988 screens across the country.

The company acquired the theater from Rave Cinemas. Prior to that, the theater was operated by Charlotte-based Stone Theatres.

Warrick said the acquisition by AMC occurred in January. She said operations are largely unchanged, but customers may notice differences in promotions. For example, she said the theater stopped $5 Tuesdays.


Durham Payless ShoeSource location closed: The Payless ShoeSource store in South Durham near the SuperTarget shopping center off Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard has closed.
There are other Payless locations in Durham at Northgate Mall and at Southpoint. Attempts to reach officials with the store’s parent company were not successful.


Food truck campaigns: The operators of the mobile business Triangle Raw Foods, which offers organic, gluten-free, and vegan raw food options, are looking to open a permanent café.

The business started in 2011 as a weekly raw food delivery service that operated out of a van. Last year, the owners of a business acquired a food truck. Now they’re looking to raise $25,000 using the crowdfunding website Indiegogo so they can have their own commercial prep kitchen and a small café.
Another crowdfunding campaign has launched to try to get a new pork-centric food truck on the road called Pork in the Road. The planned operators of the truck are looking to raise $35,000 through the website Kickstarter.
Partners Christian Thompson and Josh DeCarolis are the two behind the proposed truck. They met working at the Asian restaurant Jujube in Chapel Hill.


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