The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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March 2, 2009

Downtown Albemarle businesses spring forth

Sunday, March 1, 2009 — Despite the current state of the economy, Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation (ADDC) recently announced that several projects are under way in the downtown Albemarle area.

“In spite of the negative views on the economy, things continue to happen in the downtown area. People are still willing to invest and development continues to happen,” said Vicki Coggins, executive director for ADDC.

Among these projects are several new businesses that could be categorized as retail, dining and entertainment, which are developmental areas that the ADDC feels the downtown area has been lacking.

One such project is a new restaurant, known as Off the Square, which will be located in the old Firehouse Cafe on Second Street.

According to Chris Bramlett, chair of the ADDC, the plan is to open the restaurant in April.

It will be owned and operated by a husband and wife team, James Edwards and Ashlee Moseley, who have more than 20 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry and culinary arts field.

“This couple is making a major investment in our community and they are excited about what’s happening, not only with the business, but with the entire downtown area,” Coggins said.

Off the Square will specialize in local foods, both produce and meats, raised on farms close to Stanly County, with all items on the menu being made from scratch.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, but will also provide services in carry out and catering, as well as provide various kinds of desserts made daily on site.

Another project follows closely on the heels of a store closing. Though Albemarle Hobbies, 134 W. Main St., recently closed its doors, it will soon reopen as a coffee shop.

Work is already under way to remodel the inside of the structure, which will soon house a coffee shop/ice cream parlor though a name for the restaurant has yet to be determined.

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