TrySports to open at University Mall

May. 23, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

TrySports to open at University Mall: A location of the specialty fitness equipment, accessories and clothing retailer TrySports is slated to open in University Mall in the fall.
This will be the company’s first location in Chapel Hill and its only location in the Triangle.
There are currently two TrySports stores in Charlotte, one in Wilmington, and one in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
The retailer will occupy 11,876 square feet of space in University Mall next to Southern Season. The remodeling of the space is expected to be completed in the fall.
In addition to TrySports, new tenants announced for University Mall so far this year have also included Glee Kids, Cynthia’s Tailor Shop and William Travis Jewelers.
Additionally, the nearby Harris Teeter is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation that includes the addition of a pharmacy.
The grocery store property and the 366,000-square-foot mall are both owned by Madison Marquette.


Al’s Burger Shack: In case you missed the item in The Herald-Sun, you should know that a restaurant serving hamburgers made with the beef of grass-fed cattle is planned to open in June in the West Franklin Street space that previously housed The Chocolate Door.
Restaurant operator Al Bowers, one of the partners in the business, said the menu is planned to include French fries, onion rings, milkshakes, a regular hamburger offering, and specialty burgers such as one topped with blue marble jack cheese and bacon jam, or another topped with cheddar cheese, onion rings, and barbecue sauce.
As much as possible, the restaurant will source its ingredients from local farms and producers, Bowers said. He said he’s sourcing the beef from Mills Family Farm located in Mooresville.
“A lot of times, with grass-fed beef, it’s a little leaner, and consequently, you lose a little taste,” he said. “And they were, after testing for months and months, beef after beef, they had the flavor profile that we liked.”
The restaurant is planned to open in an approximately 500-square-foot space at 516 W. Franklin St. He said they will have inside and outdoor patio seating, a counter-top and bar and an open kitchen.
Bowers said he felt that Chapel Hill is lacking a burger joint like one he remembers visiting as a child on trips to see his grandparents in Virginia. At the restaurant, he said he sat at the counter and could see the food being prepared.
“My first recollection of a hamburger, fries and a vanilla milkshake was (from) there, and I was probably 7 or 8; I’ve just been chasing that since then,” he said. “There’s just something about that that, I guess, spoke to me back then, and I’ve been trying to get there ever since.”
The news of the planned opening was first reported by the author of the Triangle Food Guy blog.


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