Pinehurst Magazine

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Exciting Changes

Village of Pinehurst for the

Razook’s Building Embraces New Look When people hear the name Pinehurst, the first thing that probably comes to mind is golf. After all, the area boasts more than 30 courses, including Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 which is top 10 in the country and the site of more championships than any other course nationwide. Although still thought of as a resort community, Pinehurst’s climate and airy peacefulness has amassed an increasing number of year-round residents in recent years. “One of the most beautiful times to visit Pinehurst is the spring as everything is in bloom again, the birds are chirping, and you hear the church bells off in the distance – it’s that picturesque,” says Deborah Myatt, owner of Le Faux Chateau, located in the core of the Village. “Pinehurst is made up of a diverse, growing population of people who are coming from all over the country,” she says. In the heart of the Village, the familiar red-brick Razook’s Building is currently nearing the completion of renovations that began in 2008. Razook’s currently sustains storefronts along Chinquapin Road and will soon offer additional retail space opening to Market Square on the back side of the building when construction is complete. The historic structure has almost doubled in size with an 8000 square foot expansion, but still retains much of its original charm. “The addition was

constructed in a manner to make it look like it’s always been there. It’s architecturally in sync with the older part of the Village,” says Jeff Batton, Assistant Village Manager. “They did a nice job with the brick work and the exterior finishes, making it flow and blend in with the rest of the core.” This latest remodel is one of many over the years and includes a three-story atrium and an elevator. With an occupation date of May 2010, the new retail stores will be of a good mix to draw people into the Village to shop. Razook’s lower level will feature a wine/martini bar or brewpub, while the first floor offers high-end retail space. The second floor is home to fully furnished executive suites (with a common reception area and state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities), and the top floor is ideal for corporate offices or company headquarters. The building is eco-friendly with dirt walls and green furnishing, and construction is funded by private investors and dollars from the Village of Pinehurst. “We’re working with several brand-new businesses who are excited to be a part of the Village,” Holly Bell, Broker for Clift Commercial, says of new tenants. “People don’t come to the Village to peek in bank or real estate windows, for the most part,” says Myatt. The Village recently passed an ordinance stipulating that there could be no more

By Kristy Stevenson

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