July 27, 2017
The Sembler Co., which fought to attain town approval to construct a Publix-anchored retail center in Cary, has purchased land and will soon develop a 72,000-square foot center, slated to open fall 2018.
County records show Sembler paid close to $2.8 million for 22 acres of land near Green Level Church and Carpenter Fire Station roads from Grover and Peggy Lewter, local landowners.
In 2016, Public said it would like to anchor the Amberly Place retail center once it was done. The company will also be opening a store in 2018 along Leesville Road in north Raleigh. Officials in north Durham denied a zoning approval to the Florida-based grocer for a store there. Since 2014, it's opened four locations in the Triangle.
Amberly Place is located across the way from Cary Park Town Center, which is anchored by the Harris Teeter grocery store.
Steve Althoff, Senior Vice President of Sembler's Leasing and Property Management department, said they were constructing Amberly Place to meet pedestrians' needs. The space will include another 28,000 square feet for small restaurant and shop retail spaces along with three out parcels. It will offer two public green spaces for outdoor gatherings and dining.
Althoff said the company is looking to develop a place people can gather and hang out with kids running around, weather permitting.
He said the company has been putting their attention on leasing efforts for small shop spaces - to offer more service-oriented retail, companies not subjected to Internet sales competition and restaurants. Sembler has been able to secure lease commitments for a 3,000-square-foot nail salon and a 1,250-square-foot hair salon. The operators of those establishments were not made public.