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NC State students worry popular spots may close

Posted October 3

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— Another building on Hillsborough Street could soon be transformed.

Five different businesses are housed in the building that contains the Alley, a popular bowling spot across from North Carolina State University.

One of the store owners told WRAL they are exploring new spaces to lease from, in an event the building is sold. As for their customers, some are excited about the changes, but others are not.

"The character of the street is the small shops," said Carl Meyer, a frequent customer at Reveries Coffee.

Carl and his friend Earnie meet up at the coffee shop every day.

"We really like coming here, we've been doing this for years," Earnie Stitzinger said.

But with the talks that the building is up for sale, the two friends may need somewhere else to go.

"We wouldn't like that. We'd be sad," Stitzinger said.

The building's owners are in discussions on a deal that could bring in a larger retail store that would benefit nearby residents and college students.

"CVS just opened up across the street. The closest Walmart is 15 minutes, and the closest Target is five minutes away," said Jonathan Dean, a students at NC State.

Live It Up Hillsborough, a neighborhood association, says change is necessary for growth.

"Businesses have life cycles, just like people do. They go through phases," Executive Director Jeff Murison said.

Others want to keep the community the way it is. NC State uses the bowling alley for gym classes.

"It's such an important part of being at State," said Thu Le. "A lot of students use it and a lot of students love it. And though it may not be the best alley, it's part of the experience."

As for reports that Target is moving in, a spokesperson for Target said there are no plans for any new stores in Raleigh.

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  • Matt Clinton Oct 4, 5:35 p.m.
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    People act like they're being wronged somehow or as though they are owed something. You have two choices. Put your money where your mouth is, or stop whining and accept reality.

  • Steve Faulkner Oct 4, 3:48 p.m.
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    Can anyone name a store on Hillsborough Street that was there 20-30 years ago. Other than maybe the bowling alley, I can't think of any.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 4, 1:23 p.m.
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    Sigh:( it appears Hillsborough street is going the way of Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Perhaps if they put in a Tractor Supply store, State students and alums would feel more comfortable.

  • Aiden Audric Oct 4, 10:06 a.m.
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    Their goal: turn Hillsborough Street around State into a strip mall. Change may be necessary for growth - sure, H'boro St isn't a dirt road anymore. Over decades and decades it was built into a unique place of locally owned stores and students enjoying them and even starting their own.

    "Hey! I know! Let's go hang out in the Target's Starbucks because Cup A Joe is so last century" says no college student. Ever.

    If you look at what was the seemingly big-box impenetrable Franklin Street around UNC, you'll see that this change is coming regardless of what those who live there want. They're told what they need and that they're going to love it.

    Huge crock.