Central Park to host food trucks Sept. 1

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

Food truck rodeo: The next Durham Central Park food truck rodeo is planned Sept. 1, drawing more than 50 mobile food vendors.

The food truck round-up will be rain or shine from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the park, at 501 Foster St. downtown, according to the website http://durhamcentralpark.org/event/food-truck-rodeo/.

There will be live music, a disc jockey and crafters selling handcrafted items in addition to food truck sales.

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Dollar Tree: Plans have been filed with Durham City-County Planning for the construction of a new, freestanding 9,981-square-foot Dollar Tree store at 4402 Fayetteville Road.

The store is planned in the existing Lowes shopping center off of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Company spokeswoman Shelly Davis said it’s planned to open in January of next year. Stores of that size typically employ 12 to 15 people, she said.

Virginia-based Dollar Tree is a publicly traded discount variety store chain that sells merchandise at the fixed price of $1. As of February, the company was operating 4,671 discount variety stores.

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More local produce options: A market for small local farmers and food entrepreneurs called the goMarket is pre-selling items online and offering them for pick-up out of Locopops in Durham on Thursday evenings.

The market has 15 different vendors, half of which are within five miles of the Locopops pick-up location on Hillsborough Road, organizer Eric Bowen said in an email. The list of market vendors includes urban farms, he said.

Customers order food in advance. Farmers set their own prices and manage their own inventory until drop-off, Bowen said, and get 85 percent of the sale. GoMarket takes a 15 percent commission, part of which goes to pay processing and other costs.

There is a $30 a year membership fee to join, Bowen said. Members get two orders for free to try. The market has about a dozen customers per week, but Bowen said he’d like to see the numbers grow.

For more information, go to the website http://durham.locallygrown.net/.

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Paintball facility looks to expand: The Xtreme Kombat paintball, laser tag and Airsoft recreation facility on Wake Forest Highway in Durham is looking to expand.

The company has filed plans with Durham City-County Planning to add a new 4,400-square-foot building, to expand its parking lot, and to add outdoor recreation paintball additions and improvements.

German Garcia-Fresco, the co-owner of Xtreme Kombat, said the company is looking to add more playing areas for paintball, outdoor laser tag as well as Airsoft. He said they also want to add ziplining. The new building is planned to include office as well as retail store space.

“We’re expanding our field to make it more into an entertainment park,” he said. “(If) the plans get approved, we’re hoping by the end of the year everything will be built,” he added.

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