Even when consumers are cutting back, one chain is drawing business by trying to resurrect the neighborhood butcher shop.
There is already one Triangle store for The Meat House that has been open for about a year in Cary. Now there are two more in the works in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.
Craig Wilkins, franchisee for the Cary store and the coming Raleigh store, said more people are saving money by dining in.
"You are able to have a family event for much less than it would have cost to take everybody out to a restaurant," he said.
The new store in Raleigh will take over the old Rite Aid space at Quail Corners at Millbrook and Falls of Neuse roads in late March.
The store in Chapel Hill will replace the former Applebee's at 1508 E. Franklin St. in April or May.
In Raleigh, Capitol Comics is consolidating its two locations into one. The company is holding a sale at its store at 3027 Hillsborough St. Once enough inventory is gone, the Hillsborough Street store will close, leaving only the store in the Oak Park Shopping Center at 5212 Hollyridge Drive, off Glenwood Avenue. The Hillsborough Street store has been open 24 years, but manager Russ Garwood said there isn't enough business to support two stores.
In historic downtown Apex, Sixpence Accents is open at 106 W. Chatham St., selling home decor and gift items. The store features a mix of work from local and regional artists, including cards, clocks, mirrors, leather goods, pottery and garden accents.
Several items in Raleigh this week:
Longtime Raleigh granite business City Rock by Vostone opened a showroom in the Brier Creek area at 10310 Moncreiffe Road.
At Cameron Village, the Victoria's Secret store has closed. ... Nearby, Needlepoint.com has expanded at 2104 Smallwood Drive.
Clothing store Cato opens today at 6590 Glenwood Ave.
Local photographer Gary Adkins has opened Capture Your Moments Photography at 5910 Duraleigh Road.
Downtown, the Crema coffee shop opened a second location in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street mall.
Area knitters and crocheters will find a new stop in the Yarn Tree Studio, which will open later this month at 8801 Lead Mine Road.
The North Carolina Store settled in Plantation Square at 6320 Capital Blvd. The store sells North Carolina souvenirs, foods and other items, plus items for fans of various area sports teams.
Other items: In Durham, Old Havana Sandwich Shop is open at 310 E. Main St. ... In Wake Forest, Harris Teeter will open at 13686 Capital Blvd. on Feb. 23. ... In Cary, hot dog and hamburger shop On the Bun is open at 126 Kilmayne Drive... The now-shuttered Il Forno Italian Grill at 428 Village Walk Drive in Holly Springs will become the Triangle's fifth Fiesta Mexicana.