Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Quail Corners signs two new tenants, finishes face lift

Quail Corners Shopping Center is wrapping up its $6 million redevelopment project, and developer CNL Crosland Commercial said this week that an Asian restaurant and children's cooking school have signed on as the newest tenants.

Joining the lineup of retailers at Quail Corners will be Umai Sushi & Asian Bistro and Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios. Umai will be 3,300 square feet, and will open in the third quarter of this year. The restaurant will serve Japanese, Thai, and Chinese food, with 100 seats and a patio area. Restaurateur Huy "Ricky" Zhao is opening the store.

Flour Power will open a 2,000-square-foot store in July. The company, which has a Raleigh location, will offer weekly classes for kids (and adults), as well as summer camps. Themes for the cooking classes will include "Thankful for Thanksgiving" and "Around the World in Five Days." Owner Susan Caldwell said the classes will build self-esteem, reinforce science, math, and reading, and teach kids an essential skill, cooking.

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Work has been ongoing at the Harris Teeter-anchored development since 2011. In addition to the newly-announced tenants, Wolfman Pizza and Salsarita's have reopened in a new location, McDonald's will open this month, and a new, 9,000-square-foot courtyard plaza will host weekly music outdoor on Saturdays starting in May (April). Harris Teeter expanded and remodeled as well.

Nearby residents had expressed worries about the addition of a drive-thru, saying they were worried about traffic. But the restaurant won approval. "Fast food often has a stigma because of perceptions of the worst stores, however bad examples reflect the neighborhoods in which they are located and we would expect a location at Quail Corners to be a strong, vibrant clean restaurant," Quail Corners notes in its online FAQ.

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David said...

The new Wolfman Pizza is a classic fail. Tiny and cramped with the bar facing the food prep area. Pizza is the same but Beer and wine choices are a complete joke.
If you have more than four in your party, good luck in finding a place to sit down together.

Anonymous said...

We ate at Wolfman's last week. It was disappointing. It has a nice new look but boy is it small! Probably half the size of the former location and a very narrow space. Really weird layout.
We won't go back as there are too many other good spots where you don't feel like you are eating inside a bus.
Looking forward to the new Asian restaurant coming in.

Stephen said...

Quail Corners was great before the remodel. It was always great since it was built. Then they ran off long standing successful tenants, made the exterior bland and generic, and created a giant mess of a parking lot. Good job.

Oh and another McDonald's because 5 within a mile radius isn't enough.

Anonymous said...

And the McDonald's is a FAIL already too. We tried to eat breakfast there this morning but the dining area was over run with kids cutting class. They only seemed interested in hanging out and clogging the aisles with their friends, and we couldn't get to the counter to order. We live in the neighborhood, and won't make that mistake again.