Business Briefs – September 2016

Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub has a new owner. Douglas “Smitty” Smith, a Chicago native and longtime Rosati’s customer, has taken the helm. The menu and recipes will remain the same, but Smith has added more TVs and music and expanded the hours. Smith says Chicago-style pizza is bold like the city.  “Chicago is described as having broad shoulders, and our pizza does too. It stands up no matter how many toppings you put on it. It is a stick-to-your-ribs style, so you are never left longing for more,” Smith said. The new hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Smith has added daily food and drink specials, along with DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. Rosati’s is located at 2101 S. Main St., Wake Forest. Call 919-488-4294.

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Panera Bread is getting ready to break ground at 11658 Northpark Drive, Wake Forest. This new location is adjacent to Carolina Ale House and PDQ off Durham Road and Capital Boulevard. Charlie Yokley, Wake Forest’s assistant planning director, said all plans have been approved.

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Sam’s Club officially opened September 1 at 11360 Royall Cotton Road off of Capital Boulevard, Wake Forest. This is the first new Sam’s Club to be opened in the Triangle in more than seven years. The new store and gas station will serve as an anchor in the Shoppes at Caveness Farms.

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Galaxy Fun Park recently opened in the former Kroger location in Wakefield Commons Shopping Center at 14460 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. Wake Forest residents Meredith Brookhart and Steve Fleming are the owners. The indoor park is huge, offering 10,000 square feet of trampolines, 15,000 square feet of indoor go-kart track, a two-story laser tag arena, an indoor ropes course, a spin zone and a three-level soft play area. There is also a full media room, a cafe and a mezzanine level for parents. Galaxy Fun Park will host birthday parties and offer track-out camps. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.galaxyfunpark.com, or email info@galaxyfunpark.com.

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Starbucks has opened in Harris Teeter located at 3638 Rogers Road, Wake Forest. This location offers the La Boulange menu and mobile payment. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call 919- 562-9521.

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Wakefield Barn located at 6224 Wakefalls Drive, Wake Forest, is for sale for $1.8 million. The 11.2-acre farm, which was used as a backdrop for the 2014 Uptone Pictures film “A Long Way Off,” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Wake County landmark. The property includes a 24-stall barn that was built in 1934 and contains a half-court basketball court on the second floor. The property also has a cow maternity house, a bull barn, a covered outdoor equestrian arena, a riding ring and several horse pastures and paddocks. Wake Forest real estate agent Phil Clawson of Coldwell Banker Advantage is listing the property. For more information, visit www.wakefieldbarn.com. For the listing, MLS# 2082513, call Clawson at 919-418-0882.

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Wake Forest is getting a new Wake County ABC Store in 2017 to replace an ABC store on Galaxy Drive that will be closed due to the poor location. The new store, at twice the size, will be located on the newly named Royall Cotton Road near the new Sam’s Club in the Shoppes at Caveness Farms off Capital Blvd.

— Susan Ware Flower • susan.flower@rolesvillebuzz.comSeptember 2016