Chapel Hill Says ‘Goodbye’ to Iconic Southern Season

Southern Season’s demolition marks the end of an era for many Chapel Hill residents. Photo by Michelle Cassell.


By Michelle Cassell
Assignment Editor; Correspondent

Monday saw the end of an era in Chapel Hill as Ram Realty Advisors, the developer of University Place, began the demolition of the former Southern Season site near where South Estes Drive meets Fordham Boulevard. The development group is making way for its plan to create new retail, office, housing and hotel space.

Southern Season was known for its gourmet food and boutique items for 44 years, but its closure in January 2020 has meant a vacant building for the last three years. Below are pictures from the site’s teardown.

Another view of Southern Season coming down. Photo by Michelle Cassell.

A long last look for some as Southern Season is torn down. Photo by Michelle Cassell.

A new era prepares to begin. Photo by Michelle Cassell.

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As assignment editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news.

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