The long-awaited Ikea store opened in University City a few years ago and is now a busy, popular shopping area with other furniture and retail stores opening in the development.

The Shoppes at University Place has 65 retail stores including (ladies, take note) Talbot’s Outlet and Chico’s Outlet.

Mallard Pointe is also a busy retail hub as is the Commons at Chancellor Point and Town Center Plaza on University City Blvd. is home to Harris Teeter grocery store and the popular-with-the-locals Amalfi’s Pasta and Pizza.

Northlake Mall and Concord Mills are within easy driving distance from University City.