Quality Grocery making a comeback in Historic Oakwood

April 25, 2013 

An old, closed-down grocery store will soon be making a comeback in Historic Oakwood.

Jay Wellons and Jason Howard, the duo behind the Rockford restaurant on Glenwood Avenue, have taken over Quality Grocery and are in the process of reopening the store. “We want to be there for the community,” Howard said.

The new place, which has been closed for more than two years, is being renovated and will feature a small grocery store, café and restaurant that will offer breakfast, dinner, coffee and ice cream. The owners aim to sell and use only local produce, including eggs and milk provided by area farmers.

According to the Raleigh City Directory, the store was first listed as East Lane Grocery in 1943.

Look for the store, on the corner of East Lane Street and Linden Avenue, to open in late summer or early fall.

A new concept from Samsung is coming to Best Buy stores across the country, and two area locations are among the first to open.

Samsung Experience Shops have opened at the Garner White Oak Crossing shopping center and Capital Boulevard Best Buy locations.

The new shops offer consumers a chance to learn about and purchase Samsung products, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and cameras, from dedicated Samsung representatives or Best Buy blue-shirt employees.

In the coming days, a Samsung shop will open at Cary Towne Center. Shops at other area Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, including Crabtree Valley Mall and Cameron Village, will open by early May.

“Raleigh is one of our stronger markets,” said Jeremy Baier, a Best Buy spokesman.

Samsung plans to open Experience Shops in more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores by early summer.

There is a lot of activity at Cary Towne Center. The mall is creating a 2,000-square-foot play area with soft seating that will be the largest play space of mall owner CBL & Associates’ portfolio. It will take the place of Dairy Queen. Construction should be finished by January 2014.

Also happening at the mall:

Charleys Philly Steaks is opening in the food court in mid-May. The steak and chicken restaurant will replace Steak Escape. … LensCrafters eyeglass store is in the process of moving next to Skylark Tailors, near Foot Locker and Belk. The new store is expected to open by the end of June. … Animall, a pet adoption and outreach center, is moving next to Dillard’s and will have its own external entrance. ... Gymboree, a children’s clothing store, has moved next to Motherhood Maternity, which is also near Belk. … Jimmy Jazz, a men’s and women’s clothing and shoe retailer, has relocated to the space in between Victoria’s Secret and Lynn’s Hallmark. … Claire’s accessory and jewelry store has moved next to Sunglass Hut, across from Victoria’s Secret. ... The Cookie Store has relocated to the food court.

Northgate Mall in Durham also is seeing changes.

Power Jump has changed its management, hours and name. The entertainment facility, which features a bungee jump trampoline, will now be called Xtreme Jump and is in the center court of the mall. The place’s new hours are noon-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon- 6 p.m. Sunday. … Shades Unlimited, a sunglass and accessories store, has opened between the carousel and the mall’s customer service center.

Village Deli & Grill is opening its fourth location this summer. The restaurant, which sells sandwiches, soups and burgers, will replace The Barking Cow Pub at Lake Boone Shopping Center on Wycliff Road in Raleigh. Village Deli got its start in 1996 at Raleigh’s Cameron Village. The newest store is set to open in June or July. ... The Organic Mattress sleep products store is moving to a bigger space in May. The new shop will be at 5320 Hollyridge Drive off of Glenwood Avenue, near Pleasant Valley Promenade.

Steel String Craft Brewery in Carrboro is having a two-day grand opening party May 10-11. Co-owner Cody Maltais said the two-day event will run from 6 to 11 p.m. both evenings and will offer live music, free food and beer with ticket purchase. Starting May 12, the brewery will be open daily from noon until 2 a.m. … Chatham Hill Winery is relocating May 1 from Gateway Centre Boulevard in Morrisville to 8245 Chapel Hill Road in Cary.

Upscale Thrift Shops, a used item store that offers everything from appliances, home decor and furniture to pet supplies, clothes and toys, opened March 23 at 5905 Fayetteville Road in Raleigh. The shop is broken up into various departments and plans to add consignment services in the future. Staff writers Jessaca Giglio and Amy Rue

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