Construction continues on the development at the former site of Wynnsong 7 in the Boone Trail Center.
The Carmike movie house closed in late 2014, and the theater building was razed. Replacing it will be a couple of buildings tied into The Shops at Boone Trail Center off Boone Trail Extension.
"Basically what we're trying to do is make it more retail service-oriented to support all hospital needs," said Cam Stout, the CEO of developer Stout Properties Inc. "Restaurants. Potentially even a small brewpub or something of that nature. It's not fully blown retail but service retail. We tried to make the theater building work but it was such an aardvark — the layout of the building was an aardvark. We could not make it work. We decided to tear it down and redevelop the area."
Plans for the $3 1/2 million renovation call for the buildings to be tied by sidewalks and a breezeway to the existing Boone Trail Center building, which houses 13 businesses. Those include the Naturally Unleashed Pet Nutrition Center, Fayetteville's Bakery Cake & Coffee Shop, and Fayetteville Hyperbarics.
The two 5,000-square-foot buildings for this retail addition will have three bays apiece of roughly 1,600 and 1,800 square feet.
Jersey Mike's, which has long operated in a free-standing building next to the center, has leased one of the available spaces in a new building.
"We have a national temp agency that is close to taking another space in the other building," Stout said. "The deal is almost done. We're talking with other potential tenants, as well."
Because the lease has not been finalized, he declined to give the name of the prospective agency.
The development will be available during the second quarter of the year, according to a sign posted on site.
Ramsey's Five Guys moving
Stout Properties recently lost a restaurant but appears to have added a replacement at Ramsey Commons on Ramsey Street, north of McArthur Road.
A Five Guys restaurant had been operating from the two-building Stout development in north Fayetteville that opened five years ago. But the restaurant closed and is slated to move into the new Freedom Town Center off Skibo and Cliffdale roads.
Stout said a second Nona Sushi location in the city, in this case using the name Nona Sushi Asia, will be moving into the vacant space. The Japanese restaurant also will serve Thai and Vietnamese food. The new one could be up and running in four or five months, restaurant owner Ruma Kurniawan said Friday.
Fayetteville's original Nona Sushi is at 5075 Morganton Road.
Lumberton Sam's Club to close
The Walmart Sam's Club in Lumberton is among 63 stores nationwide designated for closure, the membership warehouse announced Thursday. Thirteen of those will be converted into online distribution centers.
The Lumberton store, at 5085 Dawn Drive, will be closing Jan. 26. Until then, hours are being reduced to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
The store's pharmacy will close Feb. 10.
Attempts to reach a store manager were unsuccessful.
A Walmart official told The Associated Press that at least eight of the warehouses closed Thursday and the rest would shut down in the coming weeks. By shuttering the locations, Sam's Club could be cutting more than 11,000 jobs. Published reports said Walmart spokesman E. Blake Jackson would not provide a specific figure for the number of people who will be laid off.
On average, a Sam's Club store has a workforce of about 175.
The only other North Carolina store planned for closure is in Morrisville.
The closures coincided with the company's announcement that it would boost its starting salary for workers in the United States to $11 an hour and hand out one-time cash bonuses. The displaced employees will receive their bonuses, along with 60 days of pay, and for those eligible, severance, the company said.
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