Aveda Institute officials are mum about a recent announcement the cosmetology school could leave downtown Franklin Street.
Pat Evans, chairwoman of the Friends of the Downtown board of directors, said at the group’s April 24 meeting that Aveda could be closing. Evans, a former Town Council member, said the school might have suffered when Church Street was closed during the construction of 140 West Franklin. That building opened last April.
Evans later said she heard the news from Aveda’s landlord Antoine Pueche, of West Franklin Preservation Partners.
Pueche said he could not comment on current or future tenants of the building at 200 W. Franklin St. California-based Google Inc. signed a 15-year lease in November to move from Southern Village to the Franklin Street building’s third floor.
Aveda signed its 10-year lease in June 2004, replacing Michael Jordan’s restaurant, 23.
An Aveda student confirmed that school officials might be looking at University Mall. Questions were referred to Aveda Institute Chapel Hill owner and President Patrick Thompson, who said he could not answer questions about the school’s future.
University Mall General Manager Peter de Leon referred questions to mall owner Madison Marquette. Robyn Marano, Madison Marquette’s vice president of marketing, did not return calls seeking comment.
Marano recently said the mall is negotiating with potential tenants for the space that Roses will vacate at the end of June. Roses officials said part of the reason for not renewing the store’s lease after 40 years is mall officials wanted them to share the store’s space with another tenant.