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Tutor sets up shop

It seems logical to visit a shopping center to shop.

But what about picking up a tutoring session for your kid while you're there?

A growing number of learning centers are popping up next to sub shops and grocery stores instead of in office complexes.

The reason comes down to convenience.

Ann Stengel is a Cary resident who will open a Mathnasium math tutoring center in Cary next month.

Stengel chose the Harris Teeter-anchored Cary Park Town Center off Green Level to Durham Road for her business.

"It's visibility and accessibility," she said. "A parent can leave their child while they go grocery shopping or get their nails done."

Stengel conceded that she would have paid less rent if she had gone with office or warehouse space.

"But you then pay in your marketing and advertising to let people know you're there."

Over the past year, others in the Triangle made a similar decision.

KnowledgePoints opened in Raleigh's Sutton Square shopping center. Classy Kids Cook, a culinary center for kids, opened on Maynard Road in Cary. And in Apex, Kumon Learning Center picked the Davis Drive Village center.

Such tenants can be valuable additions because they differentiate your shopping center from others, said Jason East, who brokered the deal for Kumon.

"They've been doing great there," he said. "Nowadays, everybody wants to be as close as possible to their home for all of their needs."

In downtown Raleigh, White Rabbit Books will move next week after 18 1/2 years at 309 W. Martin St. The store, which caters to lesbian, gay and transgender customers, sells books, DVDs, gifts and other items.

White Rabbit will move next door to 307 W. Martin St., where it will share a space with Stuff Consignment Boutique for three to six months. After that, it will move to a permanent space, but owner Jim Yarbrough is not ready to say where just yet.

Holly Springs retailer Releve Dancewear opened a second, much larger store in Cary at 280 Meeting St. The Cary store sells dance apparel, shoes, accessories and gifts.

In Raleigh, baby furniture and accessory stores Dilly Dally and Oh Baby are merging. Dilly Dally at 6675 Falls of Neuse Road will stay open through the end of March but then will move into the Oh Baby store at North Hills.

This fall, the two stores will move together into a larger North Hills spot across from Cameron Clothing. The new store will be called Dilly Dally.

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