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Changes at Fenton: No Wegmans and a new movie theater concept

Wegmans is no longer planning to open an East Cary store, WRAL and TBJ first reported and Raleigh Convergence independently confirmed with developers.

Raleigh Convergence has previously reported the Wegmans was planned for the Fenton development off of Cary Towne Boulevard, just across the Cary town line from Raleigh.

A spokesperson from Hines confirmed to Raleigh Convergence: “Given the immense interest in Fenton, where 80% of our retail space already is pre-leased, we are confident in completing the already strong mix of shopping, dining, entertainment and residential options.”

The news of the new Epic Games global headquarters across the street at the site of the old mall is helping attract “significant interest from prospective tenants, including grocers,” the statement went on to say. [more about Epic Games]

It’s not the first change: The planned movie theater will now be Paragon Theaters, a new concept with pod-style seating and food/drink mobile ordering from patrons’ seats, plus a lobby with an indoor/outdoor bar and a large fire pit. [read more]

From the statement: “Last year, we were able to quickly identify and replace our first anchor tenant, a movie theater, with a stronger operator, Paragon Theaters, despite the impact the pandemic had on the theater business. We expect to do the same for the grocery component of this project.”

What else planned for Fenton:

  • Dram & Draught, a cocktail bar
  • Chef Scott Crawford’s modern steakhouse concept, The Crawford Brothers
  • M Sushi, from Durham chef Michael Lee
  • Superica, upscale Tex Mex restaurant
  • Colletta, an Italian restaurant
  • Honeysuckle Gelato, from Charlotte
  • Arhaus, a home store.

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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