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Crabtree Valley Mall Sets Expansion Plans

Posted March 20, 2007

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— The owners of Crabtree Valley Mall on Tuesday announced an $18 million expansion, including a new parking deck, three upscale restaurants and pedestrian walkways.

“This project is part of an extensive, multi-part expansion that will give our customers exciting new choices for shopping and dining,” Bobby Medlin, the mall’s general manager, said in a statement. “It also will greatly enhance the mall’s appearance along Glenwood Avenue.”

Construction is expected to begin this month on a three-level parking deck located beside Hudson Belk that will add more than 220 parking spaces. The deck, which will feature valet parking and covered escalators and stairs, is expected to be completed this fall.

Buildings will go up in front of the deck for three new white-tablecloth restaurants. Mall managers are negotiating leases with three potential restaurants, which weren't named.

When the new restaurants open late next year, Crabtree Valley will feature seven dining establishments along its Glenwood Avenue entrance. Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Kanki Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi and Ruby Tuesday are already located on the Glenwood side of the mall.

“As retail competition increases in our market, Crabtree is committed to giving our customers the best stores, the best restaurants and the best shopping experience,” Medlin said.

Pedestrian walkways will link the restaurants to the new deck and to the four existing restaurants. In a second phase of the expansion, walkways also will connect the parking deck with a freestanding building that houses Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Old Navy, he said.

The expansion will create more than 500 jobs during construction and more than 400 restaurant and retail jobs when completed, he said.

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  • smoothtip99 Mar 21, 2007

    I love Crabtree...me and my boyfriend go there sometimes and just walk and hold hands. I miss him so much. He now takes his girlfriend to Triangle. I hate her. I hate Triangle. I miss he.

  • smoothtip99 Mar 21, 2007

    Raleigh needs a subway system

  • HoldOn Mar 21, 2007

    Gotta love the design genius who created the Glenwood/440 exit ramp system.
    More traffic will be great. Hope they got the flodding under control.

  • Triangle Transplant Mar 20, 2007

    I seem to split my time at the mall between Crabtree and Triangle Town Center, but I really hate Capital Blvd. so new stores at Crabtree is always welcome news.

    With these new expansion plans and the ongoing improvements it seems that Crabtree is intent on remaining one of the better shopping destinations in the area. Couple that with upcominng Crabtree Town Center, Soleil Center, and the recent overhaul of North Hills and that entire area continues to be an important part of Raleigh. I suspect we will continue to see a lot of development down Edwards Mill Rd. all the way to the RBC center.

    The traffic and parking are going to continue to be a nightmare, but I guess you can't be popular and not be crowded.

  • YeahWhatever Mar 20, 2007

    Wow. Another reason not to go to Crabtree. As far as I can tell, it's run by local yokels that are deluding themselves that they are still the "premiere" shopping destination. TTC and Southpoint so far outstrip them in amenities and convenience it's laughable.

    That beast is really starting to get run down. It has the WORST bathroom locations and cleanliness of any mall in the triangle and is a nightmare at which to park (and I know all the tricks). It's also loud and cramped compared to the newer buildings.

    If they didn't have Crate and Barrel, I'd never even go in there anymore.

  • hollywood Mar 20, 2007

    The expansion is very welcomed. I have been to every mall in this area. In my opinion, Crabtree is the best by far. This planed expansion gives a knock out punch to the other malls. After Crabtree my choices would be (2 ) Streets at South Point, (3) Triangle Town, (4) Cary Town and coming in at dead last at number 5 (one that I would never visit) Northgate!

  • mothermac Mar 20, 2007

    I agree with claytonite - what about the traffic??? It is a nightmare now and I refuse to go to Crabtree between Thanksgiving and Jan. 2 every year. I fight going other times but have to take teenagers. It seems the stores are going downhill, too. Belks used to be great but now sells cheaper and more available goods. It is so crammed with merchandise you can barely walk. I am sure that is good for alot of people, but not typically the kind who who would go to white tablecloth restaurants - especially when you have to deal with a parking issue that 220 more spaces will not alleviate. Well, should be interesting to follow anyway - and for sure they will not see me during construction!

  • 777 Mar 20, 2007

    Kmirkey -

    540 is funded by government money, which means tons of red tape, etc., thus building takes MUCH more time (and ends up being more expensive)

    The mall rennovations will be paid for with private funds, thus it will move along much more swiftly and efficiently.

    Anything government-run will be incredibly inefficient.

  • Mrs. Keep It Real Mar 20, 2007

    No...it's the insurance money from the floods that can pay for the new expansion.

    I find it amazing that a mall can be revitilized by the fall (or at least the beginning phases)...how long did it take 540 to open????

  • kimmcn Mar 20, 2007

    Regardless of how many new malls come to the Triangle, as far as shopping goes, Crabtree is always the "focal" store for the majority of stores. I learned that from shopping at the Macy's Southpoint.

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