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Shopping, Dining + Nightlife

Grocery stores have taken notice to downtown’s growth as it gains more and more residents. Downtown Raleigh gained two new grocery stores in the last year with Weaver Street Market opening if fall 2019 and national grocer Publix opening in September 2020. A third grocery, Saxapahaw General Store, is planned on the eastern side of downtown.

retailers downtown
growth in retail base since 20111
GROCERY STORES added in downtown since 2019 with a THIRD planned
of retail stores in Downtown Raleigh are locally owned
restaurants downtown
growth in food and beverage sales this decade2
James Beard Award nominations since 2010
Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best in Class restaurants, as named by The News and Observer at the end of 2019, more than any other submarket in the Triangle
1DRA 2Wake County Tax Administration Department

Downtown Raleigh has become a major food destination regionally and nationally with over 150 dining establishments providing a broad range of cuisines and experiences.

2011-2020  |  Percentage of Net Gain in Business by Storefront Classification


Downtown Raleigh Food and Beverage Sales (in Millions) 2010-2019

Source: Wake County Department of Tax Administration

Pedestrians  |  Activity by Time of Day from 2019-2020

*Fayetteville and Davie is a combined count of the east and west sides of Fayetteville Street.

Outdoor Dining  |  90+ Establishments Connecting People with the Street Environment

7 downtown craft breweries as well as 50+ bars, music venues, and nightclubs