Carrboro’s Nice Price Books set to close
Nice Price Books: In case you missed our previous story, I wanted to report here that the owners of Nice Price Books are closing their Carrboro store in March.
The used books, music and video store has been in operation for more than 26 years. The Durham and Raleigh locations will stay open.
Owner Cindy Kamoroff said in a phone interview on Monday there was a heyday for the business in general, but the Durham and Raleigh locations have had as large of a business drop-off as the Carrboro store.
“It’s a younger population, and a smaller population, maybe quicker to adapt to electronic media,” she said.
The store in Carrboro opened in 1986 in the building that now houses Cat’s Cradle, Kamoroff said. They bought and moved to the former mill house where the store is now at 100 Boyd St. to avoid rising rental rates.
Merchandise will be discounted at the Carrboro location, according to a news release, before the store closes the second week of March.
The service-oriented bicycle shop Back Alley Bikes in Chapel Hill is moving into the location. Owner Jason Merrill said they hope to open there in the beginning of April.
In addition to online competition, Kamoroff said another factor impacting the Carrboro location’s business was the closure of a sidewalk due to construction of the 300 East Main Street development.
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen first gave their approval for the project in 2008. The start of the five-building, mixed-use project was delayed as a result of the economy, but construction on the first phase launched last year.
The first phase includes a Hampton Inn & Suites with retail and restaurant space on the first floor, as well as 500 spaces in a parking deck.
Laura Van Sant, a partner with the master project developer Main Street Properties, said the hotel is expected to be complete in May. The entire project, which has two more phases, is expected to be finished in the next three to four years.
“When it’s all done, I think the impact will be nothing but positive,” she said. “I certainly recognize during construction, there’s definitely some inconveniences and hardships for people,” she said.
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