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Development Beat: Seaboard Wine Moving to High Park

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Week of April 2, 2018

Seaboard Wine is moving to High Park

MS Walk on April 7 at PNC

Mordecai Bottle Shop coming to Gateway Plaza

Peace Street hotel up for a vote

Oberlin Road is closed between Clark and Hillsborough Street this week

Bonobos coming to North Hills

Kane Realty buys nearly 7 acres near Union Station

Boylan Flats to become extended stay hotel

Work begins on Capital Boulevard Popeye’s


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Seaboard Wine Moving To High Park

Seaboard Wine is moving on up to the Whitaker Mill side of Five Points. They’ll be moving from their current location in Seaboard Station, which has been their home for the last 33 years (21 as Seaboard Wine and 12 years as Simple Pleasures’ Warehouse). Fun fact: Seaboard Wine was the first ever tenant in Seaboard Station.

We consider them the best tenant in Seaboard, and not just because they are a partner and the exclusive retailer of our ITBlessed wine glasses. At first, we thought they were moving because of the rumors that Castle Erotica was buying up Seaboard Station, which Peace recently decided to sell. We reached out to owner Doug Diesing for details.

“We are looking forward to moving into a professionally run retail center with a commitment to locally owned businesses and are excited to be a part of the Five Points, Anderson Heights, Hayes Barton, and North Hills neighborhoods,” said Diesing.

That made sense to us. Knowing nothing about commercial real estate, we can confidently say that this is a smart move. With the Seaboard Station sale up in the air and the massive amount of construction in the area, that location can’t be the best spot for a business over the next 12-18 months.

Seaboard Wine will be located next to Taste in the High Park shopping center on Whitaker Mill Road. They will continue to be a full service wine store with a wide selection from around the world, plus wine and bar accessories, glassware, cocktail mixers, and bitters. Their tasting bar will host wine classes, special events, and will sell wines by the glass. Tentative plans are to move the first week of July and be open by July 9 with the same great staff.


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Walk MS Coming Up on April 7 at PNC Arena

Walk MS 2018 will be held at PNC arena on April 7, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.). The walk has raised $186,771.67 towards their 2018 goal of $400,000 to support critical services and research to help end MS. You do not need to attend in person, you can be a “virtual walker.” No matter how you choose to support the cause, please help with this great event. More information available here.


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Mordecai Bottle Shop Coming to Gateway Plaza

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Mordecai Bottle Shop is coming to the Gateway Plaza shopping center. When we first reported on the plans for this shopping center managed by York Properties, no tenant names were available. However, plans indicated a “beer garden” would be included. That beer garden is actually the city’s first combined bottle shop, taproom, and brewery. While the center itself is being designed by Gensler Architects, it was the Raleigh Architecture Company that designed plans for the Mordecai Bottle Shop.

From our super secret sources: Mordecai Bottle Shop is slated to open this summer. Owner Andrew Christenbury, a Chapel Hill native, said, “Mordecai will be a one-stop shop for people who love beer. You can taste the beer we’re making, try craft beers from other local breweries, and pick up a variety of beer to take home.” Christenbury has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly twenty years and previously served as the head brewer at G2B in Durham.

Mordecai Bottle Shop will offer:

Brewery – they’ll use a two-barrel system to create small batch brews. Christenbury plans to experiment and collaborate with other brewers across the state.

Taproom – an indoor bar will offer Mordecai’s own beer on tap, along with craft beer from a variety of local and regional brewers. It will also sell wine.

Bottle Shop – customers can purchase a variety of craft beers to take home.

The Mordecai space will also have a covered patio and outdoor seating, with a small outdoor stage for local bands and entertainment.

Originally built in 1968, LODEN Properties is revamping the 6.8 acre Gateway Plaza shopping center, which will also include a Food Truck Rodeo, a Makers Mart, a stage area, and more. The $354,967 “reconstruction of an existing space” for the Mordecai Bottle Shop is being handled by JCI Builders, Inc.



Peace Be With You

This week, City Council will hold a public hearing for the rezoning of a lot on West Peace Street in between McDonald’s and Starbucks, where developer MJM Group plans to build a specialty hotel. The property is currently zoned neighborhood mixed-use with a height cap of three stories. MJM Group hopes to see it upzoned to commercial mixed-use with a height cap of four stories. We reported on these plans in July 2017, and have since learned that the hotel would have about 50 rooms and a lounge on the top floor.

The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the case, despite noting that it was inconsistent with the Future Land Use Map. The Hillsborough Citizens Advisory Council recommended denial by a vote of 28-2, citing major concerns over traffic and the building’s potential height, which would be capped at 68 feet.

Given the massive redevelopment of the surrounding area, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this case get approved, although the surrounding neighbors are clearly not in favor of approval.

All Roads Lead to Closed

Be advised that every road is closed in Raleigh. For the next week, Oberlin Road is closed between Clark and Hillsborough Street due to a waterline replacement project.

From the City of Raleigh’s website: “Beginning April 2, Oberlin Road from Clark Avenue to Hillsborough Street will be closed to through traffic with access for local traffic only. This detour is planned for one week while the 36 inch waterline installation crosses Oberlin and work to tie in with existing waterlines occurs in the intersection of Clark and Oberlin. Local businesses will be open and accessible.” More information is available here.

We offered to send ITBlake the intern to help with the traffic, but the City politely declined.

Bonobos Coming to North Hills

Bonobos, an e-commerce menswear brand, will be opening in the Main District at North Hills this Spring. The store will be located between Fink’s Jewelers and Southern Tide and will be the first Bonobos store in North Carolina. Launched online in 2007, Bonobos is focused on “delivering great fit, excellent customer experience, and a fun approach to menswear.”


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Kane Realty Buys 6.8 Acres Near Union Station

TBJ reported on Monday that Kane Realty purchased 6.8 acres of land near Union Station and plans to put a mixed-use development on the property. Located on Cabarrus Street, the property is currently home to office buildings for Clancy & Theys Construction Company and Haven House Services, a non-profit that provides community-based services to at-risk youth and their families in Wake County. No word yet on where the existing tenants will relocate.

Boylan Flats Apartments Will Be An Extended Stay Hotel

Capital Boulevard Cajun

Popeye’s Chicken continues to grow its Raleigh footprint. Final sitework permits were recently issued for its new location at the Starmount Shopping Center on Capital Boulevard. Site plans for the new space were filed back in January of 2017. Since those plans were filed, Popeye’s added another Raleigh restaurant on Western Boulevard, in a space once occupied by Greek Fiesta. We’re not sure when the Capital Boulevard location will be opening, but late summer/early fall is probably a safe bet.

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