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Cameron Village
The Shops at Cameron Village
Cameron Village logo 2015.png
Location Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Opening date 1949
Developer J.W. York and R.A. Bryan
Management York Properties
Owner Regency Centers www.regencycenters.com
Website www.shopcameronvillage.com

Cameron Village was the first planned community to be developed in Raleigh, North Carolina. Development was started in 1947 when J.W. York and R.A Bryan bought 158 acres (0.64 km2) of undeveloped land two miles west of downtown Raleigh, near the North Carolina State University campus. The "village" was to consist of a shopping center, apartments, and single family homes.

History

The shopping center opened in 1949, and quickly became the premier shopping area in Raleigh. It is also considered the first shopping center to be built between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The shopping center is an open-air shopping mall, but unlike a strip mall, the stores are divided into blocks with some on two levels. Several parking decks were built in the 1960s, although most of these were removed in later renovations, to give a more open feel.

Cameron Village grew quickly, and by 1950 the community had 65 stores, a movie theater, more than 600 homes and apartments, and over 100 business/professional offices. Downtown Raleigh, which had been the primary shopping location in the Raleigh area, started to see a decline in business as consumers gravitated toward the convenient parking of Cameron Village.

The Occidental Life Insurance Company Building was added to Cameron Village in 1956. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1][2]

Neighborhood Association

Residents of the single family homes, condominiums, and apartments in Cameron Village are represented by the Cameron Village Neighborhood Association[3]. Meetings are held quarterly to discuss issues related to traffic, zoning, construction, and other matters.

Entertainment

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In the 1970s, "The Village Subway," an underground area, formerly used as a bomb shelter in the Cold War, was converted into an entertainment and music venue that included shops and restaurants. It was located beneath the current The Fresh Market and the Cameron Village Regional Library. Nightclubs such as The Frog and Nightgown, The Pier and Cafe Déjà Vu, opened and attracted many regional and national upcoming performers. "The Subway" existed for about 12 years; however; most establishments closed during the 1980s.

Currently

Renovated Cameron Village Regional Library

The shopping center is still considered a premier location for business. The Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Rite Aid, Ann Taylor (clothing retailer),and a Wake County Public Library branch serve as anchors. The shopping center has been expanded and renovated several times, including a restyling in the mid-1980s and another in the early 2000s. Today, Cameron Village has over 100 stores including over a dozen restaurants like The Flying Biscuit Cafe, boutiques like Genealogy Formals, and the world's only two-story Chick-fil-A. Bassett Furniture opened a custom furniture and design studio in the spring of 2013.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ M. Ruth Little (March 2003). "Occidental Life Insurance Company Building" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Cameron Village Neighborhood Association [www.cameronvillage.org www.cameronvillage.org] Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Genealogy Boutique Cameron Village Profile". Retrieved . 


Coordinates: 35°47?38?N 78°39?27?W / 35.79380°N 78.65760°W / 35.79380; -78.65760


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