This week, a few bits of news came out related to the downtown Raleigh retail scene.
First, long-time favorite Father and Son will be moving from their spot on the 100 block of West Hargett Street to the Warehouse District. They’ll squeeze into the warehouse that used to have Flanders Gallery at 302 South West Street.
There was no announcement on when that move will take place but what a great bookend for Martin Street. The Dillon will provide some new retail space a block in front of it that also ties it to the storefronts down the street. Shopping will be possible from Nash Square all the way to Union Station.
The second announcement starts with Deco’s future home just down Salisbury Street. Deco and its counterpart Deco Home are combining into an even larger space (more than twice the size) that’s one building down from their current home in the Odd Fellows Building.
Their new home was the former NC State Bar, now over on Blount Street, and the shop will be on the Salisbury half of the building. According to the announcement, “the new space will be the largest footprint for an independent retailer downtown.”
With Deco now expanding after five years in operation, the store seems to be one of the leaders in downtown Raleigh. If it’s presence grows that may bring more retail to its former spaces and create a cluster along Salisbury and Hargett.
Finally, it may not be local retail but the long-rumored Publix was announced for the Smokey Hollow development, which is now called Peace by the way, over on the corner of Peace and West Street. This is the second grocery store announcement for the Peace Street corridor as Seaboard Station announced a Harris Teeter in July 2016.
I imagine it’s still years away from either one opening so let’s hope after all the Peace Street dust has settled that groceries will be flying all over the place in that area.
- Site Plans Show Renovation Work Planned for 107 West Hargett, Father and Son Building | March 3, 2019
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Maybe someday we can get a grocery store on the block east of Moore square.
Have to get rid of the low-income, subsidized housing units a few blocks west before that happens.
Meant a “few blocks East”. Sounds harsh but its simple economics. For a viable grocery like we’d like to see scattered around downtown (Publix, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, etc), it requires a certain clientele to make sense. Subsidized housing tenants are not the target profile for those sorts of stores.
Saxapahaw General Store will move into south side of the Transfer Company – Olde East Food Hall on East and Davie. They will carry a good amount of groceries I suspect.
Someone needs to start a petition to Kane realty to get the name changed back to Smokey Hollow?
Fran is right…the Sax General Store is an overlooked near future asset. I suspect it’ll do more to keep the east sides needs met than is discussed in the major stories. I think I’m more excited about that than any other part of Stones Warehouse.
Look how long it’s taken the west side of DT to get a full sized grocery store. There are hundreds & hundreds more multifamily units on the west side, with more coming, and we’re still a few years away from getting the Publix. With HT going to Seaboard, it will be seen a grocer for the east since it’s east of Capital.
I think that we are more likely to get a revised RLine route to provide access to the east side than we are to get another major grocer setting up shop in a full sized store in the near future.
Great to see that Deco has achieved 5 years of success on the downtown retail scene, and is moving into a larger space along Salisbury. This reminds me of recent comments about converting Blount and Person streets into a two-way configuration.
With Fayetteville Street as the gold standard in traffic calming, quality street life, and walkability, IMHO Salisbury and Wilmington should be next in line for a similar conversion, With those two streets converted, the center city has three consecutive north-south streets that enjoy two-way walkable streets. Along with the already two-way east-west streets of Peace, Hillsborough, Hargett, Davies, Martin, and South, we then have a downtown full of calm traffic, quality street life, and walkability as detailed in Jeff Speck’s 2012 book “Walkability”. Once that is achieved, Blount and Person, and perhaps Jones, can receive the same 2-way conversion.
Morgan and Edenton could be left as one-way to provide fast crossing of downtown from east and west. And Dawson and McDowell could be left as one-way to provide fast crossing of downtown from north and south.
Deco proves that, if you have the right product, you can be successful in retail in DT Raleigh.
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