Kmart to close store in south Raleigh in mid-December

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 31, 2013 

Kmart, the national retailer known for its discount clothes, electronics, small appliances and blue-light specials, is closing its south Raleigh store on Fayetteville Road in mid-December.

“Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” Howard Riefs, Sears Holdings director of corporate communications, wrote in an email. “These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail – at the store, online and in the home.”

The store, which opened in 1994, is liquidating its merchandise through a sale that started Sunday. Its 88 employees will be able to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears locations.

Kmart is at 4300 Fayetteville Road.

Redress Raleigh, Raleigh Fashion Association and North Hills are teaming up again to create their second Pop Shop temporary clothing and accessories store.

The purpose of the project is to expose customers to local designers. The shop will feature 13 designers, including some who are new to Pop Shop and some who participated in the original store that was open through the month of August.

The store will showcase and sell items that include scarves, dresses, jewelry and T-shirts from designers such as Brittany Whealon, Zac Schell, Organicality, Katie Wolfrum and Seven Sages.

The latest shop will also target the holiday season and a broader audience than the first shop by adding a line of pillows, holiday stockings, more accessories and men’s and children’s clothes.

“We wanted more variety,” said Beth Stewart, strategic director for Redress Raleigh, a local organization that promotes sustainability in fashion. “The first one was female-centric. We wanted to encourage people to have a larger variety.”

Prices range from about $25 to $50 for accessories to about $80 to $100 for apparel. Kids clothes will be about $30 to $50, Stewart said.

The second Pop Shop will run Nov. 15-24 with a grand opening on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. It will be at 4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Suite 110, between Charlotte’s and Firebirds.

Dave and Buster’s opens at Cary Towne Center on Wednesday.

The restaurant, a Dallas-based chain that combines gaming and dining, will offer 140 high-tech games, including Temple Run and Dark Escape 4D, skeeball, a sports lounge and TV walls with high-definition televisions.

The menu has everything from grilled balsamic chicken, burgers and steaks to nachos, wings and salads, and drinks such as margaritas, Long Island iced teas, mojitos and signature cocktails.

Customers can purchase cards to play games and win tickets that can be redeemed for prizes that include Xboxes, iPads and iPod shuffles. Cards don’t expire and can be used at any Dave and Buster’s restaurant.

Games range from 3.25 to 10 credits, which are $1 for three but cheaper when bought in bulk.

According to Gary Passardi, Dave and Buster’s regional operations director, the company chose Cary because of its proximity to Interstates 40 and 440 and the area’s demographics of young professionals.

“We were looking at best place to attract a larger demographic of people,” Dave and Buster’s General Manager Melissa Lake said of the Cary location.

The Cary restaurant, which has entrances inside and outside the mall, is the company’s first Triangle location.

Gourmet candy shop and online retailer See’s Candies is opening two Triangle pop-up stores during the holiday season.

The first will open Saturday and run through Dec. 26 at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham. It will be in the food court on the upper level of the mall.

The Raleigh Crabtree Valley Mall store will operate from Nov. 7 through Christmas and will be on the lower level near Belk.

Pop Up Ice Cream Parlour, a temporary ice cream shop in downtown Raleigh, is closing its Wilmington Street store Sunday.

The short-term lease is up on the shop that owner Laura Suther opened in June. She used the pop-up model as a way to test customer appeal and hopes to eventually open a permanent downtown location with products that appeal to customers all year.

I “learned that with a high-profile location, which we were very fortunate to lease this summer, we’d need to add a few more products or have a smaller storefront in order to stay in business year-round,” Suther wrote in an email. “Naturally, with cooler weather and when school started back in August, there was a dip in sales. Therefore, in order to have a year-round following, we’d need to add different products.”

Suther also has closed a second location on Person Street that opened in July. Pop Up Ice Cream is at 131 S. Wilmington St., next to Gravy.

Wall and Wiltzius Salon, a 13-year-old hair salon at 7713 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh’s Greystone Village, has closed. According to co-owner Deborah Wiltzius, customers can call 919-608-3132 for information on how to get in touch with the shop’s stylists.

Giglio: 919-829-4649 or; Twitter: @shoptalk_nando

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