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Fenton Shopping Center delays opening to end of April


Cary’s Fenton shopping center will open its first block of retail offerings next month after years of development.

Courtesy of Fenton

Cary’s highly anticipated Fenton multiplex will host a soft opening ceremony at the end of April to usher in its first block of retail and dining options.

The 69-acre mixed-use development on Cary Towne Boulevard is home to nearly 345,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space. Fenton is one of the largest retail projects under development in the country, according to Hines, the international real estate investor who is building Fenton in partnership with Columbia Development of South Carolina.

COVID-19 setbacks, including material shortages and supply chain delays, postponed initial plans to open on April 1, the developers previously told The News & Observer. Most of its stores will open on April 29 with a grand opening scheduled for June 4-5.

“Through June 3, the public is invited to experience the project during our opening period,” said Paul Zarian, chief executive of Hines, in a statement. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a full list of retailers opening in April, May and early June.”

About 90% of the site’s retail space has been leased, Zarian said. Several high-end boutiques have been announced, as reported by The N&O. They include Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Athleta, Paragon Theatres, Arhaus Furniture, Sephora, Free People, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, LunchboxWax, Zen Nail Bar and Von Kekel Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa.

The development has also secured several dining options such as Scott Crawford’s Crawford Brothers Steakhouse, Steve Palmer’s Italian restaurant Colletta, Michael Lee’s M Sushi, Ford Fry’s Superica “Tex-Mex” kitchen and local favorite Dram & Draft, a whiskey bar and a tap room. Other options include Honeysuckle Gelato, CRU Food & Wine Bar, and Sports & Social, which will open as the largest sports bar in the Triangle at 22,000 square feet.

Fenton will eventually host a grocery store, but its developers did not announce a grocery store tenant after Wegmans withdrew plans to open there.

“After years of hard work, we look forward to welcoming the community to this one-of-a-kind mixed-use neighborhood,” Zarian said.

This story was originally published March 19, 2022 8:00 a.m.

Lars Dolder is a business reporter at The News & Observer. It covers retail, technology and innovation.