On the corner of Main St. and Gregson St., downtown Durham, Brightleaf Square is a restored tobacco warehouse with very nice though somewhat expensive specialty shops. Contains a travel agency, a record store, and several restaurants including Satisfaction, a favorite Duke hangout, El Rodeo, Taverna Nikos, and Mt. Fuji.
Bull City Market
Broad St. and Main St. Contains Whole Foods, Hair Cuttery, Mad Hatter’s Coffee Shop and Bakery, the brand new Vine Sushi, and a Ben and Jerry’s.
Hillsborough Rd. Contains a large Kroger, La Vaquita II Mexican Restaurant, Shanghai Chinese restaurant, used book store, Dollar General, clothing store, craft store, subs, and more.
Lakewood Shopping Center
On Chapel Hill Road near Morehead Avenue. It is a strip mall containing a Food Lion, sports bar (T.J. Hoops), Duke Surplus Store, an Ethiopian restaurant (The Blue Nile), and other small stores and restaurants.
New Hope Commons
15-501 immediately before I-40. A strip mall containing Barnes and Noble Bookstore and Cafe, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Marshall’s, Michael’s, and several other stores and eating places.
Begins where Erwin Road intersects Main St. Revitalized neighborhood shopping area that is very popular with the Duke community. Includes several boutique, clothing and specialty shops, a Mexican restaurant specializing in big, fresh burritos (Cosmic Cantina), Metro 8 Steakhouse, the bar Dane’s, Ninth Street Flowers, Bruegger’s Bagels, pizza, sandwich, and ice cream shops, several other restaurants and bars, book stores, the Duck Shop – your best bet for Duke gear outside of the Duke Book Store, a toy store, and much more. And the recently opened Shops at Erwin Mill has even more offerings.
Off of Guess Road at the I-85 exit. Includes Kroger, Home Depot, PetSmart, and several small stores. Costco, a members-only discount warehouse club, is next door.
On 15-501 and Garrett Road. Includes T.J. Maxx, Durham Sporting Goods (DSG), a Chinese restaurant with a large buffet (The Panda Inn), Chili’s, and several other small stores and restaurants.
Shops at Erwin Mill
The latest addition to Ninth Street, the area has a Panera Bread, Full Lotus Juice Bar & Cafe, Harris Teeter, Massage Envy Spa, and several other small shops. Juju, an asian fusion eatery, will open in summer 2014 and feature an outdoor dining patio.
South Square Area
On 15-501 Business. The area has a Super Target, a Carolina Alehouse, El Rodeo Mexican and a Sam’s Club. Three smaller strip malls are very close to South Square Mall: Westgate, Regency Plaza, and Parkway Plaza. These strip malls contain a K-Mart, Kroger, Food Lion, Office Depot, and several other stores and restaurants.
The Streets at SouthPoint
The newest local mall, located at I-40 and Fayetteville Rd. Contains many upscale specialty stores and most major mall chain stores including, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Sears, Apple Store, a movie theater, and an open-air walkway boasting larger stores such as Barnes and Noble and Pottery Barn, and several nicer restaurants including Maggiano’s Little Italy, Cheesecake Factory, Firebird’s Rocky Mountain Grill and California Pizza Kitchen.
3823 Guess Road. A strip mall that contains a movie theater, food stores, and Italian and Chinese restaurants.
Woodcroft Shopping Center
On Hope Valley Rd. in South Durham. A strip mall containing a Food Lion and several excellent restaurants including sushi and Mexican restaurants (Bandido’s).