Many of you have commented to me over the past few months that this column contains more store closings than it used to.
Call it a sign of the times.
But sometimes the demise of one business can lead to the genesis of another.
Such is the case with a new business in Cary called The Cycle Surgeon .
The proprietor of The Cycle Surgeon is Cary resident Matt Lodder, who worked as the service manager for Cary's Spin Cycle shop for the past 13 years.
The Spin Cycle succumbed to the economy in January, closing its doors after 16years of serving the Triangle biking community.
But Lodder saw the closure as an opportunity.
And he was inspired to try running his own business when customers kept encouraging him to stay in the biking industry.
"I was wondering what to do," he said. "I've got a little bit of entrepreneurial spirit from my dad, who opened his own business."
So Lodder decided to go for it.
The Cycle Surgeon performs bike service and repair and also sells parts and accessories.
"We're a bike shop that doesn't sell bikes," Lodder quipped.
Right now, Lodder is running the business out of his home to keep costs down.
Eventually, he said, he would like to open a retail storefront.
Until then, you can find him at www.carycyclesurgeon.com.
In Durham, the Triangle's first Anthropologie store is getting closer. Officials for the store in the outdoor "Streets" portion of The Streets at Southpoint mall say the grand opening will be April 24.
... Also in Durham, a new Cricket Wireless store will open in the New Hope Commons shopping center at U.S. 15-501 and Interstate 40.
... And Lowe's Home Improvement says its new store at Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Fayetteville Road is on schedule to open by the end of June. The date has not yet been set.
In Chapel Hill, it appears the Cluck-U on Franklin Street is closed at least temporarily. Cluck-U's corporate headquarters says the restaurant may reopen, but there are no immediate plans to do so.
At Raleigh's North Hills shopping center, Nativa Boutique is opening a second location selling women's clothing and accessories. Nativa opened its first store in Apex at 108 Salem St. about a year ago.
The North Hills store should open in mid-April and will be located in the Lassiter portion of the center near Harris Teeter and across from Scout and Molly's.
... Also at North Hills, the farmers market will return next weekend on April 11. It will run Saturday mornings through Nov. 14.
Other items: At Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, the Apple Store that is currently under renovation will reopen Saturday. ... In Raleigh, Peche de Chocolat has moved from City Market to a new space inside the Carter building at 16 Glenwood Ave. ... In Raleigh's Pavilion Shopping Center at Spring Forest Road and Atlantic Avenue, La Boutique is open selling estate furniture, household goods and handbags.