Cameron Village getting makeover
Posted December 30, 2011
Updated December 31, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Cameron Village, Raleigh's oldest shopping center, is undergoing an extreme makeover that will bring in new retailers and add apartments.
Construction fences are up throughout much of the 63-year-old shopping center, as crews work to expand the Harris Teeter supermarket and build the world's first two-story Chik-fil-A restaurant.
The Harris Teeter is taking over space formerly occupied by Foster's American Grille, which closed last summer. The Chik-fil-A is going up at the corner of Cameron Street and Woodburn Road and is expected to open in March.
Also, work has begun on the six-story Gallery at Cameron Village at the corner of Oberlin Road and Clark Street. The $49 million complex will include about 280 apartments and some retail space when it opens in 2013.
"People will be able to come to the village on their own two legs and be residents and look out over the village," John Pharr, senior vice president at Regency Centers, which owns Cameron Village, said Friday.
Shopper Meredith Whitley said she has mixed feelings about the changes.
"I'm kind of torn on the changes," Whitley said. "I like the feel of what it's always been. It's been here forever, it seems in my mind."
Steve Campbell, who made his annual trip from Canada to Raleigh to visit his sister, said he enjoys what Cameron Village offers.
"We just have a ball going in and out of stores that we don't have at home. They're all unique stores," Campbell said.
Cameron Village will continue to focus on local boutique stores and smaller national retail chains as it remakes itself for a new generation of shoppers, Pharr said.
In addition to the Chik-fil-A, other new retailers planning to move to the shopping center include Chapel Hill-based Sugarland Bakery; Rangoni Firenze, a shoe store that is relocating from the Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham; and three other shops that will be announced in February.