Southern Season is expanding to Raleigh, creating a permanent location at its holiday pop-up store at Cameron Village.
The 5,000-square foot space will undergo a renovation and Cameron Village officials expect their new tenant to open in early spring.
“It will be a culinary hub for Raleigh,” said Lynne Worth, York Properties’ vice president of retail leasing and property management, in a press release issued Tuesday evening. “Southern Season is the premier destination for specialty foods and products and we are pleased to host their first Raleigh location.”
“Wine tastings, prepared foods and chef demonstrations will all be part of the new Raleigh site,” continued Worth in the press release.”
In 1975, former owner Michael Barefoot opened Southern Season, an 800-square-foot specialty food store in Chapel Hill. Southern Season grew to occupy a 60,000-square-foot anchor location in University Mall, and included a restaurant and cooking school. The company’s retail sales and and mail-order business combined were a $30 million operation, according to company officials at the time.
In 2011, Southern Season was bought by Clay Hamner, a Chapel Hill entrepreneur and managing partner of TC Capital Fund, with an eye to expanding throughout the Southeast. Beyond the flagship store at University Mall, the company has opened large locations two years ago in Charleston, S.C. and last summer in Richmond, Va.