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Fayetteville development is sign of up-scale growth

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The land between Bonefish Grill and BJ's on Glensford Drive is under development for two new restaurants, a few clothing/jewelry stores and a grocery store. The land between Bonefish Grill and BJ's on Glensford Drive is under development for two new restaurants, a few clothing/jewelry stores and a grocery store.

For more than a decade Glensford Drive in Fayetteville has been slowly developing. First there was a Barnes and Noble store and an Old Navy store… an On the Border restaurant… a Kohl's department store. This past summer warehouse store BJ's Wholesale Club opened. Just this week Bonefish Grill opened on Glensford Drive.

"It's a new place to go and nicer place to go," commented Lynne Daack who recently moved to Fayetteville.  "So it'll be nice."

It is not just one restaurant that has people interested. On the cleared beside Bonefish Grill more high-end restaurants and stores are planned. That is exactly what Linda Bailey wants to see.

"A lot is happening here, and I think we have more room for restaurants, more shopping centers, I mean come on!" Bailey said.

Butch Dunlap, the Senior Vice President for C&S Commercial Properties, which manages the land beside Bonefish Grill, said two new sit-down restaurants and a grocery store will be built on the land. There will also be a small strip mall of about five fashion and jewelry stores. He said the names of the new restaurants and stores will be released after leasing agreements are finalized around March 1.

"I'm so excited we're getting all of these restaurants," Bailey said. "I'm tired of spending my money in Raleigh. I want to spend my money here."

City planners believe developers are starting to notice there is money to be spent in Fayetteville. The All-American City has the third-highest average personal income in the state, behind Raleigh and Jacksonville.

"Because of that we're seeing more upscale interest from retailers and restaurateurs that we can take advantage of," explained Scott Shuford, the Director or Fayetteville's Development Services.

At the same time, the city has stepped up its standards, requiring new developments to look nicer through a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Shuford said it is an effort to raise the quality of life in Fayetteville in hopes of attracting even more business.

"We're attracting a new market and that market is often more upscale than what we've seen in the past, and our development standards help reflect that," Shuford said. "If it's a nice place to live we'll have economic development come to us as a result of that."

Shuford said people in Fayetteville should expect to see similar appearance standards with any new commercial development in the city. He said the new exterior shopping district at Cross Creek Mall is an example of the type of appearance the UDO expects. Aside from the store facades, there are also requirements for landscaping. The new development along Glensford will reflect those standards Shuford said.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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