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Carolina Café to move to new home

Rumors swirl over soon-to-be vacant TenEleven space; Daily Grind building still up for sale

Posted: September 22, 2010 9:10 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2010 9:08 a.m.

Several years after Carolina Café moved into its current downtown Camden location, the owner of the popular cafe says it is now planning to move into a new location as early as next week.

Candy Van Nort, owner of Carolina Café, said the sandwich shop currently located in Broad Street’s TenEleven Galleria will move into the old CUPS building.

“We’ve been in this location for three years, but I’ve been thinking about moving for as long as a few months. I just wanted a new location,” Van Nort said, adding that the CUPS location will be larger than her shop in TenEleven Galleria. “There will be some changes. We’re going to have a tea room and we’ll be open seven days a week, which I think people will be really excited about.”

Van Nort said after she settles into her new location for a few weeks, residents may see that she’ll have later business hours and may serve dinner.

“We’re moving to expand hours and offer the customers a little more. But we’ll definitely keep the coffee bar,” she added. “Of course when you’re a business owner, you’re always thinking about how you can better serve your customers.”

Recently, rumors have swirled in Camden regarding who may move into the soon-to-be vacant spot at TenEleven Galleria.

Although some thought that Columbia restaurateur Dianne Light, owner of downtown Columbia’s DiPratos deli and Dianne’s on Devine, would open a second DiPrato’s location in Camden, Light said that she does not have any plans to move into the building.

“We looked at (the building) and we really liked it,” Light said. “But we just decided that the timing wasn’t right. The location was beautiful and Camden is such great city, but the timing was just not right.”

Meanwhile, Christine Anton, owner of long-closed The Daily Grind, said her downtown Camden building is still up for sale.

“I’ve been leasing it for short amounts of time, so someone has been in there ... but the building is very much for sale,” Anton said, adding that the building needs no work done to it because she has already gutted and renovated it. “I want something great for Camden to move in. I’ve turned down a check cashing place. I refused it. Other people have looked at it, but it is still up for sale.”

Anton said the Daily Grind building has 3,400 square feet on the first floor and 800 square feet on the second floor. The asking price is $389,000.

Back at Carolina Café, Van Nort said she will begin moving into the old CUPS building as early as next week, and expects to open the doors to its new location by the beginning of October.

“I’m very excited, this is a big adventure and I’m excited about providing a better service,” she said. “A lot of people have said they’re really excited about this move too so we’re all looking forward to it.”

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