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The Duck Shop to relocate on Ninth: The Duck Shop, the Duke University apparel shop that’s been on Ninth Street since 1993, is moving on Ninth to the renovated building that previously housed the restaurant George’s Garage.
The space that now houses the shop at 703-B Ninth St. is being redeveloped by a joint venture partnership between the national shopping center owner and developer Regency Centers Corp., and Raleigh-based Chartwell Group.
The two companies are joint venture partners in the development of the Harris Teeter site on part of what was once a grassy lot near the corner of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road, and of the existing retail buildings on the western side of Ninth.
The project includes redevelopment of the retail building at 701 Ninth St. that previously housed Specs Eye Care. The building is now expected to house Jimmy John’s, which is moving from across the street.
Chris Widmayer, vice president of investments for Regency Centers, said Jimmy John’s will be opening in the new location sometime in the spring.
Darren Byerly, owner and manager of The Duke Shop, said business has been at its existing location at 703-B Ninth St. since 1993. The shop opened in 1989 on Perry Street. He said he bought the business in 1999.
Byerley said the shop’s lease was up at the existing location. Regency and Chartwell are joint owners of that building, as well as of the building at 737 Ninth St. that previously housed George’s. He said company officials approached him about the move. The plan is to relocate this summer, he said.
Byerley said that with the construction of the Harris Teeter and the opening of restaurants in the same building, he expects the focal point of the street to shift.
“We kind of feel like the traffic is going to shift to that end of the street,” he said. “So it’s all wrapped up in the need for new floor space, the incentives for the new … building, and what we think will be the growth of the district, new businesses coming in.”
Durham Bayou Festival: Durham will have its first Louisiana seafood festival when the Bayou Festival Tour comes to town on April 20.
The Durham Bayou Festival will be held at from noon to 8 p.m. at CCB Plaza downtown. The festival is slated to include seafood, beer and beer samples.
The second Charlotte Bayou Festival will be held April 27. For more information, go to the website www.bayoufestivaltour.com.
Pancakes: Don’t forget that IHOP is offering free, short stacks of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday as part of National Pancake Day.
Diners will be asked to leave a voluntary donation to support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.
Northgate final book liquidation sale: There will be a final book sale of stock on Feb. 1 of stock from the book store that closed at the mall.
Northgate Books, an independent book shop, opened in the mall’s old Waldenbooks space. The business closed down after it was sold to the owner of another book store, Jeannie’s Book Shoppe.
Jeannie’s had another location on North Duke Street that’s also no longer in business, according the store’s website.
The sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 1. The books will be $1 each, or 10 for $5. Customers can also bring a grocery-sized paper or cloth bag and fill it up for $10. Only cash is accepted, and sales are final.
Along with the book store, Northgate’s Lane Bryant store closed. The mall has also seen the consolidation of its Dressbarn location and its Dressbarn Woman plus-size clothing store. They relocated into a single space in the mall that previously housed Talbots.
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