The grand opening for the new Metro-Target located in Carolina Square on Franklin Street is scheduled for this Sunday at 8 a.m. Complimentary reusable shopping bags will be handed out to the first 1,000 customers.
The grand opening follows a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, which is not open to the public, and a soft opening on Wednesday.
The layout of the new Metro-Target offers a more downtown-focused design than a Super Target. Chapel Hill mayor Pam Hemminger spoke on this.
“They actually have a pickup window too,” Hemminger said. “You can order online and walk over and pick up whatever you need. But they have grocery options. And it fits into a building like Carolina Square versus being the normal strip mall-kind of look. It’s a very different kind of model.”
Metro-Targets have become popular in downtown settings across the country. A Raleigh location is set to open near N.C. State on Hillsborough St. in October.
The new Carolina Square development also includes 246 apartment units and nearly 160,000 square feet of office space. A $5 million performing arts space courtesy of a partnership with UNC will occupy the space as well.
“Franklin Street has always been the place where Carolina, the university, meets the world,” UNC Chancellor Carol Folt said at the groundbreaking ceremony in October. “It’s a place where we welcome it in.”
Pieology, a made-to-order pizza restaurant, and b.good, a farm-to-table fast-food chain, will also occupy space in Carolina Square. They are set to open this summer.