Mall getting new women’s clothing store

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

Lilly Pulitzer store at Southpoint: A Lilly Pulitzer women’s clothing store is planned to open at The Streets at Southpoint.

Ashley Warrick, the mall’s marketing manager, said in an email that the store is planned on the lower level next to the Caché store, which sells women’s clothing, dresses, formal wear and accessories.

Lilly Pulitzer is a brand that dates to 1959 when Pulitzer started a juice stand in Palm Beach, Fla. Her line of colorfully printed clothing launched after she had a dress made with colorful printed cotton to hide the dress stains on her clothing, according to the website, http://www.lillypulitzer.com/content_slides.jsp?groupName=OurStory.

The clothing line is now one of the brands of the publicly traded, global apparel company Oxford Industries Inc., which also designs, sources and distributes products of its brands including Tommy Bahama, Oxford Golf and Arnold Brant.

The company also has exclusive licenses to produce and sell certain product categories under the Kenneth Cole, Geogffrey Beene, Dockers and Ike Behar habels. Its wholesale customers include department stores, specialty stores, national chains, specialty catalogs, and Internet retailers.

According to the website http://www.lillypulitzer.com/custserv/locate_store.cmd, the store at The Streets at Southpoint is slated to open this summer.

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Talks for sale of Rue Cler: The co-owners of Rue Cler are in talks to sell the downtown Durham Parisian-style restaurant, bakery and café at 401 E. Chapel Hill St.

The restaurant’s co-owners are John Vandergrift and Chris Stinnett, who also own Pop’s. They also opened Pop’s Backdoor South on Shannon Road in Durham, but sold that to the eatery’s manager last year.

The two are planning to sell Rue Cler to a new group of investors that includes Vandergrift’s brother Nathan Vandergrift, Wes Rountree and a third managing partner who has “years of wine and food experience,” Nathan Vandergrift said in an email.

Nathan Vandergrift and Rountree are also minority owners in the Cave Taureau wine shop downtown with a third partner, Noel Sherr, who is running the wine business. Nathan Vandergrift said Sherr is not involved in the possible Rue Cler purchase.

“I will tell you that if everything does go through, we are not planning to change anything substantially about Rue Cler, including staff, and that my brother (John Vandergrift) will stay on for a transition period,” he said in the email.

Stinnett said he’s retaining ownership of Pop’s at 605 W. Main St., and Vandergrift is moving to Texas. The two have been business partners for about 10 years, he said.

“We’ve had a great run; he’s like my second wife,” Stinnett said of John Vandergrift. “It’s all about us downsizing our li(ves).”

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