A long-awaited movie theater is expected to open off the N.C. 55 Bypass in Holly Springs this fall with several other nearby restaurants and retailers to follow in Holly Springs Towne Center.
Ovation Cinema Grill 9, a nine-screen Carmike Cinemas movie theater, will be at 320 Grand Hill Place within the northeastern portion of the shopping center. It is expected to open in late September, according to the theater’s Facebook page.
The venue will feature a full-service dining experience where moviegoers can order food and beverage items while seated in electric, luxury recliners that allow them to request service at the push of a button. The theater also offers a cocktail lounge in the lobby with a full service bar.
Carmike Cinemas already has begun hiring at the location with applications for a shift supervisor and an hourly assistant manager listed on Carmike’s website.
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This new theater would serve not just Holly Springs but southwestern Wake County. There are some theaters in nearby Cary, Morrisville and Apex, but the closest two theaters – Regal Beaver Creek Stadium 12 in Apex and CineBistro in Cary – are each 15 minutes away from the new site.
Holly Springs Mayor Dicks Sears said opening the movie theater is one of the final hurdles in meeting one of the town’s biggest goals. In terms of significant projects, the town also is looking for a 50-bed community hospital that is expected to be built in the coming years.
“Once we get the movie theater and we finish our hospital ... then definitely you don’t have to leave Holly Springs unless you want to, and that’s the main overall goal,” Sears said.
Ovation 9’s opening is part of the second phase of development of Holly Springs Towne Center. Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group is the owner and developer of the project, which began construction in 2012.
The Triangle Expressway sparked the development of the center a few years ago when the toll road was connected to the N.C. 55 Bypass. This resulted in a spike in daily traffic, which provided additional exposure to an already growing area.
Since then, more than 30 restaurants and stores, including Target, Michaels, Marshalls and more, have opened, and the shopping center continues to grow.
Construction of the second phase of the project, which includes more spaces for shops and restaurants, began last summer. Mattress Firm, Bed Bath & Beyond, DSW and Pure Barre already have opened, said Joseph Hughes, an associate asset manager with Kite Realty Group.
Several other businesses, including many restaurants, will open their doors by the end of the year. Those tenants are Kirkland’s, Freddy’s Steakburgers, Blaze Pizza, The Joint Chiropractic, Mi Cancun Mexican restaurant and a nail salon. There still are several outparcels available for future tenants, he said.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon