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A new coffeehouse opens next week in 3Cups space

A successful coffeehouse operator is taking over the space formerly occupied by Chapel Hill's 3Cups.

Owners Ann and Lex Alexander announced the closing of their wine, tea and coffee shop last month. (Go HERE to read our earlier blog post.)

But Dr. Stephen DeCherney, who owns a Market Street Coffee & Ice Cream in Chapel Hill's Meadowmont Village and the Bean Traders coffeehouse on Durham's Ninth Street, has taken over the former 3Cups location. The store will reopen as Market Street Coffee on Feb. 22, according to general manager Sara Owens.

Owens said the customers at the Meadowmont location were upset that 3Cups was closing and asked her and DeCherney to take over the space.

"It was the customers who made it happen," Owens said.

The new coffeehouse will no longer sell wine, instead focusing on coffee and tea. But Owens said they hoped to serve wine and beer by the glass once they get the proper permits.

And with Lex Alexander as an advisor, they plan to continue to sell gourmet food items, including North Carolina specialty products like jams and pickles, and high-end cocktail ingredients, such as bitters.

The location's hours will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m. but Owens said those may change. The location is 227 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill.

Owens also noted that the company is in the process of changing the name of the Bean Traders Coffee shop on Ninth Street to Market Street Coffee. Owens said it will clear up any confusion between the locations that DeCherney owns and the location at Durham's Homestead Market operated by the original owners.

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