New clothing store opens on Franklin

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 08:23 AM

Thrill City opens: A new store selling T-shirts and sweatshirts designed by an independent clothing brand has opened on Franklin Street.

The store, called Thrill City, sells T-shirts and other clothing printed with designs by store owner and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Ryan Cocca.

Coca said some of the clothing designs make reference to Chapel Hill, while others do not. He said they have sweatshirts, T-shirts, and prints, and expect to sell hats, and other items.

The store is at 422-A W. Franklin St.


SunTrust branch to move: SunTrust is the latest tenant of University Square to make plans to move in light of a planned redevelopment project.

Plans call for demolishing the University Square shopping center to pave the way for a new project known as 123 West Franklin, which is slated to include apartments as well as office and retail space.

SunTrust is moving across the street to 126 W. Franklin St., which is the old sales office for 140 West, which is the new mixed-use development that includes condos as well as retail businesses such as Gigi’s Cupcakes and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.

The branch in University Square was slated to close Friday, and the new full-service branch is expected to open Monday, Mike McCoy, a bank spokesman, said in an email.

Other tenants of University Square have already announced plans to move: Kidzu Children's Museum as well as the boutiques Fine Feathers and Peacock Alley Gifts are moving to University Mall.

Fine Feathers is still operating at University Square while its space at University Mall is being readied. The store is not expected to open at the new mall location until after Christmas. 

Peacock Alley’s final store is not open yet at the mall, but it will be opening a temporary pop-up store at the mall at 10 a.m. Nov. 7. The store has been at University Square for more than 30 years.

The store will be giving away a free, hand-painted Vietri ornament to customers who spend $100 or more on Vietri products.

Kidzu Children’s Museum is also still at University Mall. It’s expected to close at the end of December and to open at the mall in January or February in the new location.


Southern Village hotel: At a meeting on Monday, the Chapel Hill Town Council cleared the way for construction of the new Southern Village hotel and apartments project.

The plan is to build a five-story hotel with 112 rooms in an initial development phase, to be followed by an apartment complex.

It’s going to be located along U.S. 15-501 just outside of Southern Village south of the town.

The council took a series of actions to give the project the go-ahead, including approving the rezoning of the 4-acre property where the project is slated to be built.


Glen Lennox redevelopment: The first of a series of public information sessions will be held on Nov. 13 on the proposed redevelopment of Glen Lennox.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B, 100 Library Drive.
The developer will provide information on topics to be negotiated and included in the draft development agreement.
Glen Lennox is an existing mixed-use development located off of Raleigh Road.


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