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

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.

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.