By Amanda Jones Hoyle, via Triangle Business Journal
A hip, high-end men’s wear boutique that’s popular in Wilmington and in Pinehurst will open a location on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
The owners of The Gentlemen’s Corner men’s wear store have signed a lease for a store at the 140 West Franklin condo and retail building that opened in Chapel Hill earlier this year. The store is expected to open by early 2014.
Ivy Greaner, chief operating officer of 140 West’s development group Ram Real Estate of Florida, says The Gentlemen’s Corner will take a 1,800-square-foot space on the ground floor of the $55 million project.
“They have a very cool concept,” Greaner says of the tenant. ” We’re excited because we think we are getting some good tenants there. We’ve been patient trying to make sure we have the right mix.”
Christopher “Chico” Dalrymple opened the first Gentlemen’s Corner in Pinehurst in 1978, and co-owner Harrison James Sasser opened a second location at Wilmington’s Lumina Station shopping center last year. The group also has a store in Palm Beach, Fla.
The store carries apparel, shoes and accessories lines such as Peter Millar, Robert Talbott, Agave Jeans, Kroon, Ballin Trousers, Seaward and Stearn, Coast, and Smathers and Branson Belts.
The 140 West Franklin building has 140 residential condo units that are about 75 percent sold.
Ram recently confirmed that Spicy Nine, a sushi bar and Asian fusion restaurant owned by the same family that runs Sushi Thai Raleigh, Sushi Nine and other Asian restaurants in the region, will begin construction soon of its space at 140 West.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom will open in early 2014 after signing a deal in April at 140 West.
The new retailers will join Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, which is already open at 140 West, Gigi’s Cupcakes opening in late August, and Eye Care Center, moving later this year from nearby University Square in Chapel Hill.