One of the state's best-known IGA operators is preparing to open its 13th store, in Durham, this month.
Carlie C's IGA will takeover the old Food Lion spot at Mineral Springs Village at Wake Forest and Mineral Springs roads.
The company has been in operation since 1961, when Carlie C. McLamb and his wife, Joyce, opened their first shop in Johnston County.
The company now has IGA stores in Angier, Benson, Coats, Dunn, Erwin, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Hope Mills and Lillington.
Based in Dunn, the company also operates its own meat processing plant. Fans of Carlie C's stores are loyal to their country ham, sausages and collards - which employees call "green gold."
The Durham IGA will open March 23.
Last week, I wrote about pizza chains expanding, and I have one more. Hot Box Pizza has eight locations in Indiana. Its store at 2304 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh will open in April.
In downtown Durham, Bull City Burger and Brewery will open March 21 at 107 E. Parrish St. The restaurant will feature hot dogs and hamburgers made from 100 percent North Carolina beef that is grass-fed and hormone- and antibiotic-free.
In Raleigh, there are a few closures to mention:
Rosie's Plate, which made food for folks with special dietary needs, closed on Person Street last week.
Common Cents 1/2 Price Grocer near the Evergreen Community Church at 6904 Glenwood Ave. has closed.
Amedeo's North in Raleigh's North Ridge Shopping Center off Falls of Neuse Road closed. Rick DeAngelis, son of founder Dick DeAngelis, moved back to work at the original Amedeo's on Western Boulevard a few months ago. That store is still open.
There are some new additions for frozen yogurt fans.
In Raleigh, Fresh @ Five Points opened at 1803 Glenwood Ave. It is a second location for the Fresh ice cream shop that opened in Raleigh last year. It sells Maple View Farms ice cream and frozen yogurt. ... Also, the original Fresh at 6033 Glenwood Ave. will soon be expanded to offer lunch items such as hot dogs. That store will reopen for the season after the renovations.
The Skinny Dip opened at Raleigh's Quail Corners at Millbrook and Falls of Neuse roads.
And in Cary, Yopop Frozen Yogurt is open in Crossroads Plaza near Jason's Deli.
Other items: In Durham, The Bicycle Chain moved from Broad Street to 5400 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. ... In Knightdale, Yamato Japanese Restaurant, Sushi, Seafood and Steak House is open at 7110 Kinghtdale Blvd. ... In Wendell, The Collector's Corner is open at 33 N. Main St., selling collectibles and antiques Monday through Saturday. ... And in Raleigh, Teavana will open a second area store at Triangle Town Center, in May.