As winter melds into spring, the changing face of Hillsborough will undergo another transformation downtown.
After nearly 40 years in its location at Daniel Boone Village, C&R Ski Outdoor will move to the location at 654 North Churton St. in March. Owner Dick Forrest says they will occupy the space previously occupied by the U.S. Tae Kwon Do Center, which closed in 2017. C&R will also occupy the space that once belonged to In-Touch Therapeutic and Reflexology.
Longtime Hillsborough residents know the location as the home of Maxway Department Store during the 1980s and ‘90s.
C&R Ski & Outdoor will be the final longtime tenant in a long line of institutions to leave Daniel Boone next month. Forrest was among many owners who were given the option to find a new home after the shopping center was sold to developers from Collins Ridge Development last September, or retire.
For anyone that knows Forrest, retirement was no option.
“It looked like it was best suited for us,” Forrest said. “The size of the building and the area is right on (N.C.) 86 going north to ski resorts in Virginia and Snowshoe (West Virginia).”
C&R opened under the name “C&R Screen Printing” at Daniel Boone in 1978. Over time, it became one of the premier places in the Triangle for snowboards, wakeboards, stand up paddles, hiking boots, jackets, board shorts, helmets and countless other items for skiing and hiking trips.
Forrest says remaining in Hillsborough was a priority.
“Most of our clientele is from Chapel Hill and Durham,” Forrest said. “They wanted us to stay here. We do have some Hillsborough clientele and hopefully we'll pick up some of that side of town, too.”
For over 30 years, C&R has been in its two-floor building. The new location will have only one floor, for Forrest says there will be more space.
“Once we get set up, it will be nice,” Forrest said. “The way our new building is set up, it's more of a straight shot instead of cut up, like the building we have here. When you come in, you'll be able to see everything instead of walking around like you're going through a maze the way it is here.”
In fact, Forrest anticipates offering a greater array of items once he makes the move. He believes there will be more summer items up for sale.
“We probably will change some of our stuff,” Forrest said. “Some of our summer stuff will probably change somewhat. We'll sell more summer apparel than we have in the past.”
After going to the same location for four decades, Forrest's morning drive from his Efland home will look different starting next month. However, the new location will offer some other advantages, according to one of his employees.
“I think it gives us a little more foot traffic and exposure from the road,” said Store Manager Kemper Wyatt. “I think that's an advantage, too, as far as not being too far off the beaten path right here.”