ICYMI: Earlier this week, Epic Games announced it had bought Cary Towne Center in a $95 million dealwith Turnbridge Equities and Denali Properties. The video game developer plans to redevelop the former mall into a global headquarters campus by 2024 — featuring both office + recreational spaces upon completion.
Founded in 1991 by CEO Tim Sweeney, Epic Games serves as a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic is also a rapidly growing company — raising nearly $17 billion in investments over the past eight years.
The company originally moved its headquarters to Cary in 1999 after bringing on Mark Rein, the company’s vice president. Epic now has 35 offices worldwide.
Since 1999, Epic has released 20+ unique games including Fortnite, Robo Recall + Infinity Blade. And while the company is widely known for its games, Epic Games is also responsible for creating Unreal Engine, a complete feature set of graphical renderings, sound processing, and physics widely used by other developers. Unreal Engine 5 that will be available in mid-2021.
Epic currently has hundreds of employees + has been planning for a bigger headquarters since 2019. Originally, the company hadplanned a 450,000 to 550,000-foot expansion at their current location off of Crossroads Blvd. However, the Cary Towne Center acquisition will allow for more space and employees. It is estimated that the development will bring thousands of new jobs to the Cary community. Epic Games often hires locally and from nearby universities.
While plans for the new headquarters are still in the early phases, Epic Games is already working with the Town of Cary on its development + exploring ways some of this property might be used by the community.
One things for sure though — Epic Games is going to be calling the Triangle home for decades to come. 🎮
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ComingSoon ○ Mon Macaron will set up shop atSeaboard Station in Spring 2021. The cafe sells gluten-free French macarons in 20+ different flavors and will be located in the former Papa Shogun space at 111 Seaboard Ave. 🇫🇷
Development ○ The Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a loan of $3 million to support theconstruction of an affordable housing development in Apex. Broadstone Walk apartments will offer 60 units to households earning less than 50% of the annual median income. Construction is set to be completed in 2023. 🏗️
Biz ○ Duke Energy will contribute $98,207 in the final round of funding for the Storefront Revitalization Grant program — making the overall total $375,000 for the program. The program will support Downtown Raleigh businesses + help them adapt to the effects of the pandemic. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has awarded 97 grants so far. 💰
Watch ○ Will you accept this rose, Raleigh?The long-awaited 25th season of ABC’s The Bachelor premiered on Monday night — featuring Raleigh native Matt James. Matt is making history as the first Black Bachelor. Watch Matt’s journey to find love weekly at 8 p.m on ABC 11. 🌹
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System officially has a new superintendent — Dr. Nyah Hamlet was sworn in at a socially-distanced ceremony on Monday. Prior to this role, Hamlett was an educator in Northern Virginia for 16 years. She also has experience as a strategic advisor to the superintendent and helped lead the district’s equity efforts at Loudoun County Public Schools.
Although the district is currently conducting all meetings + classes virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Nyah Hamlet still finds it important to make connections with her students and staff.
We can’t wait to see all that Dr. Nyah Hamlet accomplishes at CHCCS. 🍎
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Biz ○2021 Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast | Wed., Jan. 6 | 8–9 a.m. | Virtual | Free | NC State professor and disguised economist Dr. Michael Walden will provide his insights on the predicted state of the economy in 2021.
Learn ○ Bluegrass Fiddle Etiquette with Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw | Wed., Jan. 6 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $10 suggested donation | Bluegrass music players + enthusiasts will get the chance to learn jamming skills such as improvisation and keeping a melody from professional fiddler Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw. 🎶
Arts ○ Mindful Museum: Virtual Poetry Hour | Wed., Jan. 6 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $6.44+ | Attendees will follow writer and scholar Jameela F. Dallis through grounding exercises, personal reflection, and poetry writing prompts based on NCMA gallery pieces. 🎨
Outdoors ○ SAGE Walk and Talk | Wed., Jan. 6 | 10–11 a.m. | Lake Lynn | Free | If you’re looking for a great way to get some exercise in while also connecting with others, join The LGBT Center of Raleigh on a weekly nature walk. 🥾
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