Northgate Lane Bryant to close
Northgate Lane Bryant to close: Northgate Mall’s Lane Bryant is closing, according to a sign outside of the store. The chain sells plus-size women’s clothing.
It’s owned by Ascena Retail Group Inc., a New York-based specialty women’s and girls apparel retailer that also owns the Justice, maurices, dressbarn, and Catherines brands.
As a result of lower-than-planned holiday sales, Ascena announced Thursday that it was lowering its earnings-per-share guidance for the fiscal year that ends July 27.
In-store sales were down 2 percent in a holiday period that ended Dec. 29, compared with the same period prior year.
Lane Bryant sales were down 9 percent, dressbarn sales were down 8 percent, maurices sales were down 2 percent, while Catherines sales were up 4 percent, and Justice sales were up 5 percent.
Ascena’s total sales, including online as well as in-store sales, were up 1 percent.
In reaction to those results, the company said it now expects earnings per share for the fiscal year to be between $1.20 to $1.30 per share, rather than between $1.45 to $1.55.
David Jaffe, president and CEO of Ascena Retail Group Inc., said in a statement that the holiday selling season was challenging. He added that Ascena upped its promotional activities in order to “ensure appropriate inventory levels going forward.”
“We are taking the necessary markdowns in the second quarter to effectively transition into the spring season,” he also said.
For the year, the company said it continues to plan to open about 200 stores, and to close about 125. The plan is to end the year with about 3,900 Justice, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn, and Catherines stores.
Food truck rodeo: A food truck rodeo will be held Jan. 27 at Durham Central Park downtown.
Brian Bottger, owner of the Only Burger food truck and restaurant who is partnering to organize the rodeo, said there are expected to be about 40 vendors, as well as live music if the weather is good, and beer sold by Fullsteam Brewery.
The rodeo will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For a full list of vendors, go to the website http://www.durhamcentralpark.org/events/food-truck-rodeo/.
Brewery tours: Bull City Burger and Brewery will kick off weekly $5 brewery tours with a tour at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The cost includes a tour and tasting of the beers on tap. The fee can be a credit toward a growler deposit the day of the tour. Just show up and pay at the bar before 4:30 p.m. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.
The tours are to be offered weekly at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
The restaurant and brewery is located at 107 E. Parrish St., No. 105.
Java Burger Bar: At the Westpoint at 751 development off N.C. 751 near The Streets at Southpoint, a new eatery called Java Burger Bar is expected to open in April.
“We will have fresh juices, we will have special coffees,” as well as hamburgers with special buns, said David Sadeghi, the owner of the restaurant, who also owns the Town Hall Grill in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village, and is a partner in Raleigh’s Bolt Bistro & Bar.
The Westpoint at 751 development now houses an Aldi grocery store as well as a location of the dinner seafood chain Bonefish Grill.
India Gate: The Indian restaurant India Gate has opened in a space in the Park Terrace shopping center that previously housed Bombay Grille. The shopping center is located on N.C. 54 near its intersection with N.C. 55.
The restaurant serves a buffet for lunch Monday to Sunday, and then it opens again in the evening for dinner. For detailed information of its hours of operation, go to the website http://www.indiagatedurham.com/#!home/mainPage.
Shail Agnihotry said her husband, Dinesh Agnihotry, is the restaurant’s chef and owner. She said he was previously a part-owner in a restaurant on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, but sold his stake before the couple moved to Canada.
He’s now the sole owner of the restaurant in Durham, she said.
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