Retail Updates - November 3, 2017
It has been a busy couple of weeks for retail in downtown Raleigh. Retail news took over our media channels this week, announcing moves for some businesses as well as welcoming new retailers to the downtown area. As highlighted in our Quarterly Economic Development Report, we've seen 10 new street-level business opening in downtown Raleigh. That brings us up to 80 storefront businesses since the start of 2016.
Pop-up retail is back for this holiday season in downtown with Republic Wireless, a locally-based wireless provider, opening their first retail venture as a pop-up at 17 E. Martin St. Another local retailer, Raleigh Vintage, will also have a store during this holiday season at 19 W. Hargett St. Deco Raleigh announced it will be expanding to a new location on S. Salisbury St. while longtime retailer, Father and Son, will be moving to the Warehouse District. Downtown’s first national clothing retailer, Urban Outfitters, announced their new location opening in 2018 at The Dillon. And in major grocery news, Publix announced their new downtown location at Peace and West Streets. They will occupy 45,600 square feet in the Smokey Hollow development.
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance's mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh's downtown by enhancing the quality of life and positively impacting the economic success through such services like merchant promotions, retail attraction, and community communication. We've been busy behind-the-scenes helping these retailers reach the next level. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is proud to have assisted in the developments associated with these merchants. We're going to continue working with them and all of our retail partners as we look ahead. Here is some media coverage the major retail announcements in downtown Raleigh: