National chains and local brands headed to Northwood Landing


PITTSBORO — Soon, local residents will find out if “Chatham County Runs on Dunkin’” as Chatham Park’s Northwood Landing has announced five new commercial tenants, including the bake shop formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts (now just Dunkin’).  

The largest doughnut retailer in the world is opening its first shop in Chatham County at the Lowes Foods-anchored shopping center along with four other retail neighbors. National fried chicken restaurant Zaxby’s will join Dunkin’ along with FirstHealth, Haw River Animal Hospital and Hubie’s Express Car Wash.  

Northwood Landing sits across the street from the MOSAIC, the 44-acre, $180 million entertainment and commercial development. Medley at Northwood Landing, a 312-unit garden-style apartment community adjacent to the shopping center, broke ground Sept 7. 

“With the community already enjoying grocery shopping at Lowes Foods, we are happy to offer additional restaurants and services close to home for Chatham Park residents and the growing Pittsboro area,” said Kirk Bradley, Northwood Landing and MOSAIC developer. “We’re particularly excited about the presence of locally owned franchises of some of the nation’s top brands like Dunkin’ and Zaxby’s, as well as independent businesses operated by local entrepreneurs.” Seven outparcels that could accommodate up to 70,000 square feet remain available. 

At its first location in Chatham County, Dunkin’ will occupy a 2,100-square-foot building with its Dunkin’ Next Gen concept, featuring a drive-through and dine-in seating. The store, which will have 35 employees, is operated by Charleston, S.C.-based Coastal Franchising and has a target opening date of mid-December. “We are excited to bring a new Next Gen Dunkin’ to Pittsboro and be part of this thriving community,” says George Ross, CEO of Coastal Franchising, which operates nearly 100 Dunkin’ locations in the Carolinas. 

Zaxby’s will also be making its debut in Chatham County. The national fast food chain currently has locations in Holly Springs, Sanford and Apex. Zaxby’s broke ground this month with an anticipated completion in early December. The 3,162-square-foot restaurant will have a drive through and a dining room that seats 72 guests.  

FirstHealth is relocating one of its clinics to a new space in Northwood Landing. The clinic will add cardiology services as well as additional providers. “As Chatham County’s EMS provider for the past 26 years, FirstHealth has a long-standing commitment to the community,” said Mickey W. Foster, FirstHealth CEO. “We are proud to open a new location at Northwood Landing and continue our commitment by expanding our primary care services and offering specialty care services.” The facility is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024. 

Haw River Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary care facility for cats and dogs. The practice will be co-owned and operated by Dr. Katie Sizer, a Pittsboro resident. The veterinary care facility will offer wellness and prevention services, injury and illness visits, behavioral consults, dental care, in-house radiology, bloodwork, microchipping and surgery. The office is scheduled to open to new patients this Fall. “As a resident of Pittsboro, I’m thrilled to be opening a veterinary practice right in my neighborhood,” said Dr. Sizer in a press release. “Chatham Park and MOSAIC are very pet-friendly communities. I’m so excited to offer conveniently located, compassionate, high-quality vet care to these pets and their families.” 

Hubie’s Express Car Wash, a new, locally-owned company, will open soon. The car wash offers single and subscription express car washes, with a 126-foot wash tunnel and 24 vacuums. The car wash expects to employ 15 people and open this Fall.