Blaze Pizza arriving Thursday in Durham

Blaze Pizza is opening Feb. 22 in Durham.
Blaze Pizza is opening Feb. 22 in Durham. Star-Telegram

Blaze Pizza, whose owners include NBA great LeBron James, will open Thursday, Feb. 22, at 5320 McFarland Drive in Durham. That’s across the street from Home Depot.

Blaze Pizza bills itself as a modern day “pizza joint” serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable. Each restaurant allows diners to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of ingredients – all for around $8. The pizzas then cook in 180 seconds in an open-flame oven.

(For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.)

The chain is fast growing, reaching 200 stores in five years.

The Durham eatery, with 60 seats inside and 40 on a patio, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Given its location off of U.S. 15-501, the new restaurant features an oversized wall mural with odes to Duke University and UNC.

Elsewhere in the Triangle, Blaze Pizza has restaurants at 1024 Market Center Drive in Morrisville, 140 Cabela Drive in Garner and 316 Grand Hill Place in Holly Springs.

Blazin’ Blue owns the Triangle-area franchises. To learn more about Blaze Pizza, go to

Also in Durham

At The Streets at Southpoint – 6910 Fayetteville Road – One Forty Salon & Blow Dry has opened on the second level near Macy’s, according to shopping center’s website. Also, Surreal Dimensions, which brings room-scale virtual reality, interactive art and lighting to birthday parties, corporate events and the like, has opened on the first level near Sears. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Also new or coming soon to Streets at Southpoint:

▪ Flashback, which offers retro and pop culture T-shirts, gifts and toys.

▪ Lolli & Pops, a seller of candies and confections.

▪ Mandarin Express, a fast-food chain serving up Chinese fare.

Chilly Pub Crawl

The second annual Chilly Pub Crawl to benefit the LGBT Center of Raleigh is scheduled from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

The Crawl starts at Isaac Hunter’s Tavern with stops at Trophy Tap and Table, Coglin’s Raleigh, The District Raleigh and Legends Nightclub.

Tickets are $25. They’re available at the door and online at

Auto parts on the menu

Missouri-based O’Reilly Auto Parts has filed a site plan with the city of Raleigh. The plan calls for a 15,328-square-foot store at 811 S. New Hope Road. That’s between Poole and Old Poole roads.

Elsewhere in Raleigh, O’Reilly has stores as 5610 Atlantic Ave., 3416 Olympia Drive, 4901 New Bern Ave. and 4011 Capital Blvd., according to the company’s website.

Are you new in retail in the Triangle? If so, send your store’s name, address, operating hours, contact information and brief description to

Scott Bolejack: 919-829-4629, @ScottBolejack