University Mall (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

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University Mall
Location Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Opening date 1973
Management Madison Marquette
Owner Madison Marquette
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 366,000 square feet (34,000 m2) (GLA)
No. of floors 1
Website www.universitymallnc.com

University Mall is the only enclosed shopping mall in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. University Mall is owned and operated by Madison Marquette of Washington D.C. [1]The mall is anchored by A Southern Season. The gross leasable area of the center is 366,000 square feet.[2] The mall is located about two miles northeast from downtown and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today the mall has an even mix of national and local stores, with a focus on specialty retailers.

History[edit]

The mall originally opened with Ivey's and Hudson Belk in 1973, and Roses Stores as a junior anchor. Ivey's became Dillard's in 1990. In 2002, after The Streets at Southpoint was completed, Belk closed its University Mall store and South Square Mall store in Durham and consolidated both stores into one larger store at Southpoint. Upmarket gourmet retailer A Southern Season bought and renovated the former Belk space in 2003. [3] The mall received an exterior and interior renovation 2010. [4]

In 2010, The town of Chapel Hill's public library was initially going to try to make a permanent move into University Mall, taking over Dillard's space, however Dillard's decided to remain in their location and the town rejected the idea of moving the library there,[5] so The library will move into inline space in the mall instead temporarily while an expansion is completed on the current library. [6] The Kidzu Children's Museum will be moving from University Square, on Franklin Street, to University Mall in 2013, taking the space of the Chapel Hill Library. [7] In addition to Kidzu Children's Museum, William Travis Jewelry, Fine Feathers, Peacock Alley and Glee Kids are all moving from University Square to University Mall in 2013. [8] Also, TrySports, a specialty fitness retailer, opened in 2013. [9]

Fine Feathers, a women’s apparel boutique that had been in University Square since 1976, will be moving next to William Travis Jewelry in a 2,700-square-foot space. [10] William Travis Jewelry, a custom jewelry design store founded and owned by William Travis Kukovich, opened in 2002 in University Square. [11] Kukovich's anchor store was 500 square feet, about the third of the size of the store he replaced it with. [12] His new store at University Mall, which replaced the store at University Square, opened on September 2, 2013 [13] and is 3000 square feet. [14] Kukovich's last store was ranked as one of the JCK top 50 jewelry designer stores in the country [15]

In late 2013, it was reported that Dillard's would be closing and would be replaced with a movie theater.[16] It had been recently converted into a clearence center. [17] In April, the closure of the Roses store was announced as well.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Travis, William. "Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill's University Mall Lands Three New Shops « William Travis Jewelry William Travis Jewelry." William Travis Jewelry Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hills University Mall Lands Three New Shops Comments. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
  2. ^ "University Mall Chapel Hill". Madison Marquette. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "A Southern Season to make move to University Mall". The Daily Tar Heel. 11 June 2002. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mall Seeking a New Image". The Daily Tar Heel. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chapel Hill Library move to University Mall appears dead". Raleigh News & Observer. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chapel Hill library moving to University Mall". Triangle Business Journal. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Travis, William. "Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill's University Mall Lands Three New Shops « William Travis Jewelry William Travis Jewelry." William Travis Jewelry Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hills University Mall Lands Three New Shops Comments. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
  8. ^ Travis, William. "Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill's University Mall Lands Three New Shops « William Travis Jewelry William Travis Jewelry." William Travis Jewelry Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hills University Mall Lands Three New Shops Comments. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
  9. ^ Travis, William. "Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill's University Mall Lands Three New Shops « William Travis Jewelry William Travis Jewelry." William Travis Jewelry Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hills University Mall Lands Three New Shops Comments. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
  10. ^ Travis, William. "Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill's University Mall Lands Three New Shops « William Travis Jewelry William Travis Jewelry." William Travis Jewelry Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hills University Mall Lands Three New Shops Comments. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
  11. ^ Travis, William. "Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill's University Mall Lands Three New Shops « William Travis Jewelry William Travis Jewelry." William Travis Jewelry Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hills University Mall Lands Three New Shops Comments. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
  12. ^ "The Scout Guide." The Scout Guide Scouting the Best of Local William Travis Jewelry An Interview with Travis Kukovich Comments. N.p., 12 Nov. 2012. Web. 29 Sept. 2013. <http://thescoutguide.com/william-travis-jewelry-an-interview-with-travis-kukovich/>.
  13. ^ Travis, William. "Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill's University Mall Lands Three New Shops « William Travis Jewelry William Travis Jewelry." William Travis Jewelry Triangle Business Journal Chapel Hills University Mall Lands Three New Shops Comments. N.p., 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 Sept. 2013. <http://www.williamtravisjewelry.com/2013/08/28/triangle-business-journal-chapel-hills-university-mall-lands-three-new-shops/>.
  14. ^ "The Scout Guide." The Scout Guide Scouting the Best of Local William Travis Jewelry An Interview with Travis Kukovich Comments. N.p., 12 Nov. 2012. Web. 29 Sept. 2013. <http://thescoutguide.com/william-travis-jewelry-an-interview-with-travis-kukovich/>.
  15. ^ Schwartz, Valarie. "A Walk on the Hollywood Side." The Carrboro Citizen. N.p., 10 Dec. 2009. Web. 30 Sept. 2013. <http://www.carrborocitizen.com/main/2009/12/10/a-walk-on-the-hollywood-side/>.
  16. ^ http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/12/3364740/movie-theater-restaurant-slated.html
  17. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x1435696390/University-Mall-Dillard-s-faces-future-as-clearance-center
  18. ^ http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/02/3752642/roses-chapel-hills-last-department.html

External links[edit]

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