Retailing

Streets vs. the Valley

Staff WriterMay 13, 2011 

The friendly competition between the Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham and Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh continues.

Over the years, the malls have picked away at each other's exclusive tenants.

Apple opened its first store in Durham but later opened a second store at Crabtree.

Cheesecake Factory was first at Crabtree but later opened at Streets.

Most recently, Crate & Barrel moved its lone Triangle store from Crabtree to Durham. And now there's another tenant planning to venture down Interstate 40.

Forever XXI, which opened a flagship store selling cheap, chic fashions at Crabtree in late 2007, is planning a Streets at Southpoint store. The two-story store will open late this year, likely in time for holiday shopping.

It will go into the space formerly occupied by fye, and the spaces directly underneath it.

Also at Southpoint, the new IMAX theater will open at the Southpoint Cinemas a week from today.

At Cary Towne Center, Habitat for Humanity will open a satellite location for its ReStore - the nonprofit's retail stores that sell donated used and surplus building supplies, fixtures and other construction materials.

The Cary Towne Center store will be small, said director of store operations John Stees. It will be open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and will not accept donations.

"A lot of people still don't know a lot of stuff about us. They don't know that we're open to the public," he said.

The mall ReStore, which will be near Belk, will sell a limited selection of goods and offer information about Habitat and ReStore locations.

At Cary Towne Center, Sundance Apparel opens soon.

At Cameron Village in Raleigh, the Pendleton store is expanding and relocating in August to the spot formerly occupied by Palm Avenue. (That store recently relocated to a new, larger space.) ... Also, the former Tookie's Toys spot will be filled with FiFi's Fine Resale Apparel, which is a consignment store for women's and men's clothes. There is already a FiFi's in Durham. The Raleigh location will open in August.

Similarly, Uptown Cheapskate will open soon in the Mission Valley Shopping Center on Western Boulevard in Raleigh. The store buys and sells gently used clothes and will start buying May 25. ... Also at Mission Valley, calzone shop DP Dough is open.

Other items: In Clayton, a trio of businesses opened at 115 E. First St. Lizardwebs is a computer repair and web design studio. My Girlfriend's Place Glamour Studio relocated from U.S. 70. And Sherry's Signature Cheesecakes sells cheesecake plus a variety of other treats. ... And in Raleigh, My Gym children's fitness at 9650 Strickland Road is under new management and is having a grand reopening.

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