New Triangle store aims to replace the cardboard moving box

December 20, 2012 

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After working in wealth management and financial planning for the past 14 years, Raleigh resident Penn Nugent pined to do something a bit more entrepreneurial.

What he settled on is a franchising opportunity that aims to make the use of cardboard boxes in the moving process a thing of the past. On Jan. 14, Nugent will open the Triangle’s first BungoBox store, which allows businesses, families and individuals to rent plastic moving boxes. (The company’s slogan is “We Make Moving Less Sucky.”)

BungoBox will rent you a large plastic box of about 2.5 cubic feet for $1.75 a week, and will deliver all the boxes you need for your move to your doorstep. The company also rents a larger box that can hold about 4 cubic feet.

“The model is simple: We deliver them to your home or business for free,” said Nugent, 40. “When you’re done and you’re unpacked, we come and pick them up for free from your new location.”

He estimates using BungoBox costs about 50 percent less than buying cardboard boxes. And BungoBox’s rentals come with attached lids, and the boxes can be stacked and placed on rollers.

“Imagine just the labor involved to have your employees build and tape boxes,” Nugent said. “You’re saving time and cost.”

Nugent’s store will be BungoBox’s 20th nationwide. There’s already a store in Charlotte. Although Nugent expects most of his business to come from those moving within the Triangle, BungoBox can supply boxes if a customer is relocating to another market that has a store.

Nugent’s BungoBox store will be in Raleigh’s Brier Creek area at 7424 ACC Blvd.

Rick Guerra, the patriarch of the family that owns Bella Mia in Cary, confirmed Thursday that they are in the process of selling the restaurant.

In 2010, Guerra and his two sons, Anthony and Louis, opened the state’s first pizza restaurant with a coal-fired oven to much acclaim. The sons had trained with internationally renowned pizzaiolo Roberto Caporuscio, who owns Keste in New York.

News & Observer restaurant critic Greg Cox gave the restaurant a four-star review and named it the Triangle’s best restaurant of the year for 2010.

For fans of the Guerra family, you need to get a last meal by Dec. 22. Otherwise, the restaurant will close for a few weeks and reopen under the new owners, who will be trained by the Guerras.

Guerra said he will identify the new owners when a contract is finalized.

Triumph Group Management is partnering with Twilight Entertainment Co. to open Myst, an upscale lounge at 510 Glenwood Ave., later this month. It will replace another establishment, Krave Restaurant and Lounge. The interior of the venue is being renovated, and the new layout will hold up to 300 people. Myst will hold its grand opening Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. with a New Year’s Eve party featuring live entertainment. Twilight Entertainment owns and operates 606 Lounge and Cornerstone Tavern in downtown Raleigh.

Firewürst Flame-Grilled Sausages & Dogs will open Friday in the Shoppes at Kildaire in Cary. Father-and-son team Bill and Chas Morgenstern are the owners. Firewürst will feature gourmet and unexpected twists on familiar favorites, such as a Reuben Dog, a BBQ Dog, and a Tortilla Dog.

Firewürst will also be offering fresh-made toppings and sides, including a made-to-order slaw bar with a “slawmeister” featuring Wasabi Cucumber Slaw, Sesame Ginger Slaw and others.

Staff writers Amy Rue, Andrea Weigl and David Bracken

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