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New Target forces out local Hillsborough Street businesses

Posted November 15
Updated November 16

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— As Hillsborough Street changes to suit today's college student, with Target opening next year across from North Carolina State University, many local businesses have to find new homes.

Some of the businesses between Horne Street and Pogue Street have to relocate, and soon.

At Reverie Coffee Den on Hillsborough Street, loyal customers are upset by the sudden change.

“I've been coming here at least 10 years I would say,” customer Michael Shearer said. “I’m not opposed to having a small Target that would be really convenient but its sad for these businesses.’

“We must date back 15 years,” customer Ernie Stitzinger said. “We meet people every day there’s somebody comes along we know, chat with them a little bit.”

The owner of Reverie is among four business owners notified Oct. 31st that their monthly leases won't be renewed after November.

“Just all pretty upset about it, nobody knows where they're going to go,” Tony McDowell said.

McDowell works at University Cuts. He said the reason they're being pushed out is to make room for higher-paying tenants that will fill the bottom level of a new Target store.

“We're real important to this community. We cut a whole lot of people over there, the football team, walk-ins, a lot of regulars, a lot of regulars,” McDowell said.

"We understand why some of the tenants are upset about moving. We hope to work with each of them through this transition to help find a satisfactory solution," the new developer said in a statement.

Owner Joseph Scurto said he has enough money saved to go out of business without going broke.

But, he said he worries about his employees, his customers and his neighbors.

“You know I think it’s unfair because these big guys come in and throw the little guys around like nothing and I don't think it’s fair,” Scurto said.

The new development firm says it plans to repurpose the current building and fill it with retailers on the street level. Those tenants have not yet been confirmed.

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  • Sean Creasy Nov 16, 1:37 p.m.
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    The sad part of all this "revitalization" is that in 15 or so years this whole area will be back to what it was before all this started, empty rundown buildings nobody wants because the rent is too high...

  • Christopher Ashworth Nov 16, 11:23 a.m.
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    That's what big box companies do. Push out the little guy with cheap prices and then once the competition is gone they raise the prices.

  • Laurence Jones Nov 16, 10:58 a.m.
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    Eric......it already is an empty bowling alley genius.

    http://www.bowlthealley.com/

  • Rod Runner Nov 16, 9:37 a.m.
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    I think you'll find plenty of students and people from the neighborhood going there. Ever been to a Target or other similar store in a college town? Pretty full of college students, even when it's NOT in walking distance of the campus.

    Target wouldn't be opening this store without major research and data gathering. Large companies like this don't open stores on a whim since it is not cheap to do so.

  • Sam Walker Nov 16, 1:26 a.m.
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    Gross. Developers have killed the Triangle area. Can't blame them since our legislators removed impact fees and gave them even fatter profits courtesy of the taxpayers.

  • Eric Josephson Nov 15, 9:29 p.m.
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    What a great way to kill a college street atmosphere. When they figure out students buy online with their limited funds and close, there will be a big empty building... perfect for a bowling alley.

  • Ron Nickels Nov 15, 8:55 p.m.
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    I'm not the mayor but....$$$$, duh!

  • Andy Jackson Nov 15, 7:27 p.m.
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    Just what Hillsborough needs - a target! SARCASM.
    Please provide reasons this is REALLY happening Madam Mayor.