Retailing

REI opens new, larger Cary store Tuesday

March 16, 2012 

The new REI store in Cary at the corner of Buck Jones Road and Walnut Street opens Tuesday. The store is about 6,000 square feet larger than the outdoor retailer’s current spot in Crossroads Plaza. That store closes for good at 5 p.m. Sunday. It will get a final cleaning out with one of REI’s famous garage sales.

The sale – for members only – is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and includes merchandise from all three Triangle REI stores.

REI members have been known to camp out for such sales because the deals are so great, but in Cary that is being “strongly discouraged,” a company spokeswoman said. Instead, customers should arrive at least two hours before the sale begins. Employees will distribute colored, numbered wristbands that will note an appointment time to shop.

Wristbands will be given out beginning at about 8:30 a.m. Each wristband group will be given one hour to shop and groups will be admitted every half-hour.


In Garner, Kohl’s re-opens its remodeled store at 185 Shenstone Blvd. on March 23. The remodel updated the home and junior departments, added lounges to fitting rooms, expanded customer service and relocated it to the front of the store, and updated check-out stations. The remodel is part of a nationwide push by the Wisconsin retailer. Last year, it launched about 100 store renovations; this year it plans another 50, according to the trade publication Chain Store Age. Kohl’s has 1,134 stores in 49 states.


Krispy Krunchy Chicken has opened at Northgate Mall in Durham. It’s owned and operated by Mohamed Saleh, who recently opened Jake’s Wayback Burgers at both Northgate and Tanger Outlets in Mebane. Saleh is also the owner of NY Jewelry and the Treasure Trove kiosk at Northgate. The restaurant offers chicken wings and Cajun-inspired sides such as red beans and rice, and jambalaya. ... Also at Northgate, Ho B Max, which has set up a temporary holiday shop at the mall in the past, has leased a permanent space. Ho B Max sells a variety of battery-operated, electronic hobby crafts including airplanes, cars, boats, helicopters, rockets, tanks, trains and the like. Ho B Max also has mall locations in Winston-Salem and Rocky Mount. Owner Ivan Maresca also offers repairs and replacement parts for customers’ hobby products. It will be across from the Northgate Food Gallery.


And in Apex, a new restaurant has opened at 700 E. Williams St. Yamato, owned by Van Chi Yueh and Amado Callejas, will serve Japanese steak, seafood and, of course, a sushi bar. Take-out will be available.

Staff writers Mary Cornatzer and Amy Rue.

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