Retailing

A test for Lilly Pulitzer

Staff WriterFebruary 11, 2011 

In Raleigh, trendy fashion retailer Lilly Pulitzer is preparing to test a new store model at Raleigh's Cameron Village.

The company, which is known for its bright, bold patterns and fun accessories, will be moving into the former Victoria's Secret spot on Cameron Street in May.

The store will be a Lilly Pulitzer Lifestyle Store, the first Lilly Pulitzer store in the country to sell home and fashion items under one roof. It will be similar to stores from companies such as Anthropologie that put different kinds of merchandise in one outlet.

The company's Palm Avenue store, on Daniels Street in Cameron Village, will be consolidated into the new shop. No replacement tenant has been signed yet for the Palm Avenue space.

The new store will be twice the size of the existing Palm Avenue store.

In Chapel Hill, accessories boutique 4 opened last week at 149 E. Franklin St. UNC seniors Taylor Walters and Chelsea Crites are trying to learn about how businesses can raise awareness for local charities. 4 was started with the help of UNC advertising professor Dana McMahan and a grant. All of the proceeds go to four charities: the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, the Center for Child & Family Health in Durham,TABLE in Carrboro and The Arc of Orange County. Appropriately, 4 will be open for only four months, closing in May.

In Durham's Northgate mall, the Sea of Learning educational store moved to a larger store next to customer service. ... Nonprofit Dress for Success, which provides work-appropriate clothing to underprivileged women, leased a store near mall entrance No. 2 for special events and sales. ... Something Special, which sells work by local artisans, is relocating to the Macy's end of the mall. ... Apparel store Gen 19 will move into the former Something Special space. ... Men's fashion store Icon for Men is open next to Lane Bryant. ... And women's apparel store KISS will open next week near the carousel.

In Raleigh: Cross stitching and needlework store Lazy Daizy closed in Plantation Square after more than 28 years. The owner she will revamp the website to add a selection of merchandise, and she will do private consultations. ... Samuel Cole will open a salon this summer in the Market at Colonnade, the new Whole Foods center near Six Forks and Strickland roads. The only other tenant named for the shopping center thus far, Panera Bread, will also open in June. Whole Foods will open in March.

Other items: In Raleigh's Stonehenge Market on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh, the ABC store is closed for expansion, but Crowleys restaurant closed permanently. ... The Westgate Deli closed at 6405 Westgate Road in Raleigh. ... Bassett Home Furnishings at 8201 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh was renovated and reopened this week. ... Wendy's at 12849 U.S. 70 E in Clayton has closed.

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