Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue is relocating, selling downtown Raleigh space – WRAL News

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The owner of Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue is selling the space in downtown Raleigh, according to a real estate agent representing the restaurant.

Realtor Crash Gregg confirmed to WRAL News the 4,724 sq. ft. space at 327 S. Wilmington St., along Fayetteville Street, is for sale for nearly $2.9 million.

Owner Debbie Holt told WRAL News the process to sell will be slow, saying “the business will stay open and the process will be at least a year to a year and a half.”

Holt previously told WRAL News she was looking to move the popular barbecue restaurant out of downtown Raleigh because the area “does not have a positive” feeling anymore.

In November, Holt said that downtown has been “neglected” in recent years.

“It’s been more focused on apartments and high rises, but there’s no draw for people to come downtown,” Holt said. “I feel sorry for everybody down there who’s trying to make a dollar, especially in the retail industry.”

Clyde Cooper’s has been located for more than 10 years at 327 S. Wilmington St., in the heart of downtown. Before that, it was located on East Davie Street for 76 years. The restaurant dates back to 1938 when founder Clyde Cooper started the business.

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