Target Debuts at Carolina Square
Construction on UNC’s Carolina Square mixed-use project in downtown Chapel Hill entered its final phases this summer as its Target anchor store opened for business.
The store fronting West Franklin Street is the retailer’s first in North Carolina with its
“flexible format,” meaning it is smaller than the Target stores found in suburban shopping
centers but still offers a wide mix of products and services. Its 21,000 square feet of
shopping space is filled with attractions for the student market, including a Starbuck’s station
with seating, CVS pharmacy, grocery staples, home goods and decor designed for dorms
and apartments, electronics and Carolina apparel. There is parking in the rear with a multi-
Shortly after the July 18 opening, store manager Ryan Kelly said the biggest challenge
had been keeping up with demand for UNC T-shirts.
Carolina Square replaces University Square and spans the block from University Baptist
Church on South Columbia Street to Panera Bread at West Franklin and Mallette streets.
The development includes three buildings next to Granville Towers and includes 159,000
square feet of office space, 43,000 square feet of retail space and 246 market-rate apartments.
Also in the complex will be two restaurants and a new performing arts space for Carolina
Performing Arts, Core@Carolina Square, which will debut its first production in February.
Carolina Square is owned by a subsidiary real estate corporation established by the
UNC at Chapel Hill Foundation Inc., which collects private donations and manages the
Target hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.- 11 p.m.; and Sunday,
8 a.m.- 10 p.m. In-store CVS pharmacy hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Saturday,
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Target, 143 W. Franklin St., Suite 120, Chapel Hill, 919-590-4925
Bull’s-Eye and Bull’s Head
As the fall semester got underway, students and the rest of the University community were greeted
with a new major shopping option in downtown Chapel Hill and a top-to-bottom renovation of a campus hub.
The new Target store on West
Franklin Street and the new
cafe in Student Stores display
Student Stores Renovation
Invites Visitors to Linger
For some time, UNC Student Stores has been as much of a central campus pass-through for students
and others headed north or south as it has
a shopping destination. Now, General
Manager Michele Gretch-Carter says, it
wants to entice visitors to stay a while.
Barnes & Noble College took over
management of the facility last year, and
among the renovations unveiled in August
are moving the Bull’s Head Bookshop
from the middle floor to the top floor and
expanding its stock to as many as 70,000
titles, twice as many as before. An enclosed
reading room looks out over the Pit, and
the area includes an LED fireplace with a
large-screen TV mounted above. Also on
the top floor is a post office, print shop,
computer store, tech shop and a pharmacy
operated by Campus Health Services.
The main floor on the Pit level has an
expanded cafe with seating for 100 and a
menu of sandwiches, soups and pastries.
Shoppers also will find clothing and other