In Raleigh, Scout & Molly's will relocate next month from North Hills to Cameron Village.
Owner Lisa Disbrow said that her North Hills lease was up and that even though she had not planned to move, the space in Cameron Village really gave her "a huge gut feeling like this is it."
The new spot, next to the popular Cantina 18 restaurant, is three times as large as her existing one. That will allow for more shoes, more storage and the growth of her newly added online arm of the business, Disbrow said.
The store, named after Disbrow's Labrador retrievers, started in 2002 with the Raleigh store, which was then in Falls Village. It has been in North Hills for seven years. There are also Scout & Molly's stores in Chapel Hill and Charlotte.
The Cato Corp. continues to expand the It's Fashion Metro chain in the Triangle. The chain offers value-priced clothing and accessories for men and women of all ages, and children. There are already stores in Durham, Zebulon and Garner, and a new store will open in Raleigh on Thursday at 3131 Capital Blvd.
The Rite Aid at N.C. 55 and High House Road in Cary is being closed because of underperformance. The clearance sale has started, and Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower said the closing date will be determined by how quickly the merchandise is sold. The pharmacy is already closed. This Rite Aid closure follows one a few months ago in Quail Corners on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh. Flowers said these are isolated closures, however, not part of a larger areawide scaling back of the chain.
The Food Lion stores at Ray and Strickland roads in North Raleigh and Holly Springs and Ten-Ten roads in Cary will finally open on Wednesday. The stores, you may recall, were originally slated to be Bloom stores, but Food Lion decided to hold back on introducing Bloom to the Triangle and converted all the in-progress stores into Food Lion stores.
Also in North Raleigh, Greek Fiesta will open in the former Pita Delite spot in the Towne North shopping center at 8315 Creedmoor Road. The store, which will be the third Raleigh location for Greek Fiesta, is expected to open in March.
Other items: The Dairy Queen at 631 Walnut St. in Cary is closed for remodeling and will open under new ownership in late February as a DQ Grill & Chill with Orange Julius. ... In Knightdale, Big Lots is expected to open in the first quarter in the former Winn-Dixie space in the Knightdale Crossing at Knightdale Boulevard and Smithfield Road. ... In Clayton, the Jazzercize at 11155 U.S. 70 Business West is under new ownership and has been remodeled. ... And in Raleigh, the long-awaited Popeye's at New Bern Avenue and Trawick Road has finally opened.