Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

A new name – and a new vibe – at University Place.

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University Mall
Photo by Briana Brough

The shopping destination formerly known as University Mall has never looked so good. With a fresh new appearance — and a new name — University Place takes home the title for best place to shop ‘til you drop for the third year in a row. Recent additions like Planet FitnessAveda Chapel Hill and Kidzu Children’s Museum have livened up the 42-year-old mall that’s on its way to becoming even more of a food and entertainment hot spot. Property developer Madison Marquette says it hopes to attract visitors who want more than the “cookie-cutter” mall experience, and a few new offerings will do just that. Silverspot Cinema, an upscale movie theater with a restaurant and lounge, is set to open in early fall, along with Mexican restaurant Tacos y Tequila. And ice cream lovers are in for a sweet treat — a Maple View Mobile kiosk opened this month, bringing their scoops from the farm to the shopping center.

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Rachel Herzog is an intern for Chapel Hill Magazine and Durham Magazine. She grew up in southern Maryland and is attending UNC-Chapel Hill as a journalism major. You can catch her running the trails and sidewalks of Chapel Hill or enjoying lunch at Med Deli.