Businesses in Elizabeth neighborhood shopping center set to close

- Several businesses in the Elizabeth neighborhood have to relocate and the owners aren’t happy about it.

They’re part of a shopping center near Central Piedmont Community College.

Not every business has received a notice to vacate, those that haven’t expect to get one soon.

Crown Station has called the shopping center off Elizabeth Avenue home for five years.

"It seems like we are going to have to vacate at the end of March,” said Billy Dail, Crown Station President.

The coffee house and pub is also a venue for live music and comedy. According to Dail the place means a lot to the area.

"A lot of people have gotten their start in this small place,” he said.

Textbook Brokers on the other side of the shopping center haven't been asked to vacate yet.

"We are expecting a letter soon,” said General Manager Adam Butler.

Their lease runs through June 1 and they don’t anticipate an offer to renew.

"We kind of provide a family atmosphere and for that to come crashing down. That's kind of tough,” said Butler.

The property owner told FOX 46 he's owned the shopping center for 20 years. He says it's heartbreaking that businesses have to relocate but he needs to sell due to financial reasons.

CPCC plans to buy the property to provide space for the future growth of the campus.

Business owners can't help but feel frustrated over the situation.

"To have the rug ripped out from underneath you at this point in time is just heart wrenching,” said Mike Dawson, Crown Station Vice President.

Crown Station owners plan to reopen at some point in a new location. A last day of business has not been set. They’re working with lawyers to discuss their options and current lease agreements.

CPCC is waiting for the state board to meet before they can move forward with the purchase of the shopping center land.

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