Alfredo’s pizza in Durham closes

May. 11, 2013 @ 04:28 PM

Durham’s Alfredo’s closed: The Alfredo’s Pizza Villa location in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center on N.C. 54 has closed.
The location in Chapel Hill at University Mall is still operating, however.
The news of the closure was reported first by the author of the Triangle Food Guy blog at http://trianglefoodguy.blogspot.com/.
Attempts to reach the owner of Alfredo’s for comment were unsuccessful Friday.
Glen Gordon, the co-owner of Tomato Jake’s Pizza on Renaissance Parkway in Durham near The Streets at Southpoint, said he was surprised by the closure.
Gordon said his Durham location has been open seven years, and has seen sales growth. He did close a location on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill last year.
The Durham location saw year-over-year sales growth of 13 percent last year, and far this year, his sales are up 4.5 percent. He said he hired some of the employees from Alfredo’s.
“I thought his food was pretty good,” he said. “I was very surprised.”
Randy Smith, the founder of the Randy’s Pizza restaurant chain, said he believes the size of the Alfredo’s space in Durham may have impacted the business.
“His rent is probably double what I pay at the majority of (my) restaurants,” Smith said.
There are six Randy’s Pizza locations, and Smith owns four of them. He’s opening a seventh location in Raleigh.
“I would say that, as bad as a lot of people are feeling in the economy, for me to expand – I opened a location a year ago in the Brier Creek (area), and to be able to expand a year later – it’s going pretty well for me,” he said.
One of the locations is in South Durham off Hope Valley Road.
“It’s not my highest performing store, but it’s a very well-performing store,” Smith said.

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Inventory excess sale: Dress for Success Triangle will hold its next quarterly public inventory excess sale on May 18 at Northgate Mall.
The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the organization’s retail space at the mall, which is in 5,680 square feet across from Payless Shoe Source.
The sale is expected to include suits for $10, pants and skirts for $4, tops, handbags and shoes for $3, and jewelry for $2.
Dress for Success Triangle provides business-appropriate clothing, mentoring and professional development programs. 
“Not only do our excess sales provide wardrobes at bargain prices for the Triangle community, 100 percent of the profits help Triangle women and their families start their paths to self-sufficiency. It’s great to see so many women shopping, having fun and finding great deals and supporting other women at the same time,” said Megan Risley, director of programs and operations for Dress for Success Triangle, in a statement in a news release.
For more information, call 919-286-2128, go to the website www.dressforsuccess.org/trianglenc, or send an email to trianglenc@dressforsuccess.org.

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