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We have been dressing women in Garner for over 34 years and offer upscale designer collections curated with a Southern eye. Here, women from around the United States discover sophisticated, effortless beauty for every season. Whether you're looking for a sassy new dress to impress that special someone or the perfect outfit for your next vacation, your options are endless at Copper Penny.

With easy-to-find locations close to Garner's hottest spots, our curated selection of the newest, most popular women's clothing lines reflects the effortless glamour of Garner. Whether you're a tidy professional or a fierce trend-setter, our goal is to help you find the perfect look for your own unique style. With designer brands like CK Bradley and Holst & Lee on hand year-round, finding your new look is easy and fun when you visit Copper Penny.

Our clothing lines give ladies a refreshing mix of one-of-a-kind authenticity with real wearability, allowing them to shine with confidence and style all year long. So, go ahead and spoil yourself - you deserve to look like a million bucks!

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Diamonds are pretty and all, but honestly? Dresses are a girl's best friend. Dresses are fun, comfortable, and versatile. At Copper Penny, they're also fashionable and cute. We have a huge selection of women's dresses in Garner, NC, from stylistic sheath dresses to drop-waist styles that will make your girlfriends jealous.

We offer several styles and shapes from which you can pick. Not sure what style fits best?

It all starts at the waist:

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A-Line Waist

These dresses are made to fit your waist and then gradually flare out towards the hem. A-line dresses are excellent for minimizing thighs, hips, and midsections while pulling the eyes to your bust. This style of dress is a great fit for almost any body type. There's a reason why so many brides settle on A-Line dresses for their big day! With plenty of varieties, this is a kind of dress that you can wear again and again.

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Empire Waist

Like the A-Line style, empire dresses are made to fit through your bust. Rather than creating a distinctly angular shape like the A-Line, the Empire style flows from the bust down. This is another kind of dress that fits many body types. From curvy to apple body shapes, the Empire draws focus to your bust and minimizes everything else. For lovely ladies on the shorter side, this style defines your silhouette, especially if you choose a maxi length dress.

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Drop Waist

A throwback to the roaring 20's style flapper dresses, Drop Waist dresses look best on lean, athletic bodies that don't have too many curves in the hip area. The key to pulling off a Drop Waist style dress is to ensure that it's not hugging you. This dress is best worn when it is able to hang freely on your body.

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Once you know the kind of waist that fits your body type, it's time to find your shape. A few of our most popular dress shapes include:

Fit & Flare Dresses in Garner

Any clothing store for women in Garner, NC, worth its salt, will have plenty of fit & flare dresses for you to try. This common-shaped dress is one of the most popular on the market, mainly because they look great on every woman, regardless of age or shape. A timeless choice, fit & flare dresses fit through the bodice and flare out just below your hip. This helps develop a balanced, slimming silhouette for most women. If you want to accentuate your best assets and hide everything else, ask our experienced fashionistas to show you some the most popular fit & flare dresses at Copper Penny.
Time to start doing your happy dance! Fit & flare dresses have very balanced proportions, making them a true winner for every body type. Women with athletic builds love this dress for the extra curves. Women with apple-shaped bodies love how fit & flare dresses define their waistlines. Because this dress already looks like an hourglass on the hanger, it will be a natural fit for ladies with such a figure.
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Shift Dresses in Garner

Shift dresses are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be comfy and forgiving since they aren't fitted. Also called a column dress, the shift dress is a great choice for polished professionals needing a conservative, fashionable outfit for work.
These dresses look fabulous on women with athletic, lean shapes and women with an apple-like figure. This kind of dress doesn't work well with a belt, so ladies with an hourglass figure may not be able to show off their curves in a shift. Try pairing this dress with a nice pair of heels for a beautiful new look!
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Wrap Dresses in Garner

Wrap dresses are one of the most popular styles on the market, because they give ladies of most shapes and sizes a flattering, fashionable dress option.
If you have an hourglass, apple, or generally curvy body shape, you're going to love wrap dresses. This style of dress offers a natural waist while placing emphasis on your bust. Wrap dresses give you a balanced silhouette and, with a knee-length fit, are great for any type of color or style, both day and nightwear.
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Timeless Tops for Every Style

Unless you're feeling extra sassy, chances are you're wearing a top at this very moment. Tops are garments that cover the top half of your body. At Copper Penny, we have an endless selection of tops in a wide range of styles - from basic tees to blouses and everything in between. If you're looking for the highest quality women's tops in Garner, NC, you just hit the jackpot!

With that said, finding the right top for the right occasion is easier said than done. However, at Copper Penny, we make finding the right top fun. Whether you're looking for a top that makes a statement or you need a classic button-down for a subdued style, we've got your back. We only carry the most popular tops from the best brands and designers around the world.

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Here are just of our most popular tops:

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Women's Poplin Tops in Garner

Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Women's Wrap Tops in Garner

Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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Women's Off the Shoulder Tops in Garner

For a dose of feminine fashion, be sure you add an off-the-shoulder top to your everyday wardrobe. A casual, sexy choice, off-the-shoulder tops have unique necklines that cut across your upper arms and chest, leaving your shoulders bare. The result is a flirty flash of skin, which elongates your neck and gives a relaxed, "daytime casual" look. Our Nola off-the-shoulder top pairs perfectly with shorts or even a flowy skirt and is hand-woven in Spain using Jacquard fabric.

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Women's Tank Tops in Garner

Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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Having trouble finding the best top for your size and style? As the most trusted women's clothing boutique in Garner, NC, Copper Penny has helped women discover new looks in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. We take pride in providing a personalized, boutique experience for our customers. If you have questions, give us a call or swing by one of our locations. We would be happy to give you our professional opinion.

Until then, here's a quick guide you can follow to help you find the right fit for your women's top in Garner:

How to Find the Right Fit for Your Women's Top

When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
  • Waist Measurements: Take your measuring tape and place it at the very top of your hip bone. Wrap it all the way around your body. Try to keep your measuring tape in line with your belly button. For the most accurate measurements, stand up straight and breathe normally.
  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Need help measuring? Swing by Copper Penny and ask one of our friendly sales associates to help you out! While you're there, don't forget to check out our huge selection of women's tops in Garner, NC.

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Looking to take your style to the next level? You can also get in touch with a personal stylist directly from our website. With a personal stylist by your side, you can find stunning looks for specific occasions, using comfortable clothing in your favorite colors and cuts. Copper Penny is your one-stop-shop for fashionable, fun, fabulous designer clothing in Garner. But don't take our word for it – come see for yourself!

Latest News in Garner, NC

New Lidl in Garner opened on Wed., June 14 with gift card giveaway, deals and samples

* Photo above of Garner, NC store courtesy of LidlThe new Lidl grocery store in Garner, NChad their Grand Openin...

* Photo above of Garner, NC store courtesy of Lidl

The new Lidl grocery store in Garner, NC

had their Grand Opening on Wednesday, June 14 including a gift card giveaway, free samples, special deals and more!

The store is located at 2694 Timber Drive in Garner and will be Lidl’s 27th location in North Carolina.

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The company invested more than $6 million in the site, which is in the Garner Towne Square Shopping Center on Hwy 70.

This Lidl store will create more than 30 new jobs and starting pay for all store associates will be $16 per hour. In addition, "Lidl provides comprehensive benefits, including healthcare for all full-and-part-time positions, regardless of hours worked per week," according to the press release.

Grand Opening Events

Lidl will host a ribbon cutting ceremony including local leaders starting at 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

Following the ribbon cutting, the grand opening celebration will begin featuring "get-them-while-you-can special offers for customers," according to Lidl.

The first 100 customers in line before the store opens at 8:00 a.m. on June 14 "will receive a special gift card ranging from $5 to $100 each. Shoppers can also enter to win a $500 Lidl gift card, sample Lidl’s award-winning assortment, and take advantage of special giveaways," the company shared.

Open House on June 13

In addition to the Grand Opening events on June 14, community members are invited to celebrate the new store at an open house event on June 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

At this event, which is open to the public, you can tour the new store, try product samples and learn more about the new Lidl location.

The store will not be open for purchases on June 13, but you'll be able to enjoy sampling and a goodie bag giveaway, while supplies last. The store team will be there to meet customers, as well.

See all the Grand Opening announcement on the Lidl website.

Food Bank Donation

"Lidl is also proud to partner with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to provide food to community members in need. Throughout the entire grand opening weekend, Lidl will donate $1 to the food bank for every new myLidl member who signs up and sets Lidl Garner as their home store," the press release indicates.

Lidl Store Experience

If you are new to Lidl, the company shared details about what to expect in their stores:

Quality Without Question

* An easy-to-shop layout for a faster and more convenient shop for customers.

* Healthy, responsible choices, including hundreds of organic and gluten free products.

* Unique specialty items ranging from hard-to-find cheeses to authentic specialty sauces, cured meats, and more.

* Award winning foods– Lidl’s private label products have won more than 500 awards.

* The Lidl Love It Guarantee – A logo that guarantees customer satisfaction; shoppers love the product they buy – or they are entitled to a refund, and a replacement.

Commitment to Fresh Food

* Lidl produce is brought in fresh each day and features more than 100 high quality fresh fruit and vegetable options.

* All Lidl flowers are guaranteed fresh and beautiful for five days at a minimum, with roses and lilies guaranteed for seven days.

* Lidl’s fresh bakery will offer breads and pastries baked throughout the day.

About Lidl

Lidl operates more than 12,000 stores and is active in 32 countries, employing more than 360,000 employees globally. Lidl offers customers the highest quality fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide array of household products at unbelievably low prices. Lidl first established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in June 2015, and today sells its award-winning products in more than 170 stores across nine east coast states and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.Lidl.com.

Coupon Policy: Lidl stores do not accept Manufacturer's Coupons. They do offer store discounts on select products every week for myLidl members.

BOGO Deals: With Lidl Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) deals, one product will ring at full price and then one will be free. You have to buy both to get the sale price.

myLidl rewards: Be sure to join the Lidl rewards program to get coupons and special discounts. You can join on their app or sign up for a myLidl account online and enter your phone number at checkout.

Forms of Payment: Lidl will accept cash, credit cards, debit cards. They do not accept checks.

Bags: Bring your own bags. They do not offer free bags.

Amazon accused of unfair labor practices at Garner, Charlotte warehouses



The National Labor Relations Board is investigating unfair labor practice allegations at two Amazon facilities in North Carolina — one in Garner and one in Charlotte — according to public records obtained by The News & Observer.

The first complaint was filed on Dec. 8 by the group Carolina Amazonians United for Solidarity and Empowerment (C.A.U.S.E.), which is attempting to unionize the 5,000-worker distribution center in Garner, a few miles southeast of downtown Raleigh, known as RDU1.

The group accused Amazon of violating an employee’s rights under the 1935 National Labor Relations Act by disciplining the worker “in retaliation for engaging in protected concerted activities and/or union activities.” The name of the worker was redacted from the public records.

Protected concerted activities, as outlined in Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, are the rights that federal law grants workers to improve their working conditions through actions like unionization and collective bargaining.

“Section 7 is like the Bill of Rights for labor law,” said Dan Bowling, who teaches labor and employment law at Duke University School of Law.

C.A.U.S.E., which a pair of RDU1 workers formed last January, remains in the early stages of its organizing drive. The group has held rallies and circulated petitions but has yet to pass out union authorization cards, which could trigger an official union election if at least 30% of employees sign. Organizing groups often wait until they have support from a majority of workers before pursuing an election.

Organizing the 2 million-square-foot Garner warehouse lacks much precedent. North Carolina ranks among the least unionized states, and only one Amazon workplace in the United States is currently unionized. The distribution center opened in August 2020.

C.A.U.S.E. declined to comment on the details of its unfair labor practice charge, but did share the group’s broader motivations for organizing.

“Amazon has proven in its 28 years in business that it will not listen to the voices of their workers and refuses to conduct business in a way that makes it Earth’s best employer,” said C.A.U.S.E. Treasurer Tim Platt, alluding to one of Amazon’s written business principles. “This is why workers at RDU1 are organizing and our union is led by workers.”

The New York City-based law firm Cohen, Weiss and Simon is representing C.A.U.S.E. in this case.

That a prominent out-of-state labor firm is backing the Garner organizers is notable said Eric Fink, a labor law professor at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro. “(Cohen, Weiss and Simon) is one of the real top union-side law firms,” Fink said. “They’re very prominent.”

In a statement to The N&O addressing the ULP charges in Garner and Charlotte, Amazon spokesperson Mary Kate Paradis said the company strongly disputes the allegations.

“Our employees have the choice of whether or not to join a union and we do not retaliate against employees for exercising their rights,” Paradis said. “Like any employer, we ask our employees to meet certain minimum expectations and take appropriate and consistent action when they’re unable to do that.”

In a typical year, American employers receive between 15,000 and 20,000 ULP charges, with about half eventually being dismissed or withdrawn. The vast majority of the rest are settled between the involved parties before the NLRB issues an order.

The board can’t fine companies over unfair labor practices but can seek to have affected employees reinstated or receive back pay if violations are substantiated.

Amazon is no stranger to unfair labor practice accusations as some of its thousands of workplaces have begun to explore unions. Last year, the NLRB took Amazon to federal court over the firing of an employee involved in organizing what later became the first, and still only, unionized Amazon workplace, the JFK8 warehouse in New York City.

“There have been many charges brought against Amazon, in JFK8 and other sites where there have been organizing activities,” Fink said. “(Amazon) is very explicit that it prefers its employers don’t unionize. I would characterize it as aggressive. They actively seek to resist unionization through a whole lot of means.”

Whether those means cross a legal line is for the NLRB to decide. In the past, Amazon has hired anti-union consulting firms and required workers to attend anti-union informational sessions, both of which are permissible under federal law.

A week after C.A.U.S.E. filed its charge in Garner, the NLRB opened another investigation at a 5,000-worker Amazon fulfillment center in Charlotte known as CLT4.

The individual or group who filed the ULP was redacted from the public record, but the charge alleges that Amazon fired an employee for engaging in “protected concerted activities.” The charging party said Amazon also fired an employee for filing a ULP complaint, which would violate the National Labor Relations Act.

Unlike C.A.U.S.E. in Garner, there is currently no public-facing organizing group at CLT4.

The National Labor Relations Board has assigned a field examiner from its Atlanta regional office to investigate both charges. The board says ULP investigations tend to last between seven and 14 weeks and may involve taking sworn written statements from workers and management.

This story was produced with financial support from a coalition of partners led by Innovate Raleigh as part of an independent journalism fellowship program. The N&O maintains full editorial control of the work.

This story was originally published January 20, 2023, 5:30 AM.

'It's very exciting': Friends, family host NFL Draft watch party for former Garner HS standout

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- Family, friends and former coaches gathered in Clayton on Thursday night to wait for Keion White's number to be called.Keion is a former Garner High School football standout who is slated to be picked in the late first or early second round out of Georgia Tech."It's very exciting," said James White, Keion's father. "It's kind of overwhelming at times but the most important thing is I want to continue to celebrate him and his whole journey with friends and family."...

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- Family, friends and former coaches gathered in Clayton on Thursday night to wait for Keion White's number to be called.

Keion is a former Garner High School football standout who is slated to be picked in the late first or early second round out of Georgia Tech.

"It's very exciting," said James White, Keion's father. "It's kind of overwhelming at times but the most important thing is I want to continue to celebrate him and his whole journey with friends and family."

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After months of speculation and anticipation the Carolina Panthers made the pick they desperately needed

Keion was in Kansas City on-site at the draft but about 50 people came to Clayton to watch in the subdivision his grandparents live in.

"It's just very surreal to think of," said Ike Zeigler, Keion's grandfather.

Keion's accomplishments from high school and college were on display as you walked into the room Thursday.

"We've been going to every practice from 5 years old," said Diane Zeigler. "We never missed any games from college to high school and when he did his Garner thing."

Keion only got one scholarship out of Garner High School from Old Dominion. He played there for two years before transferring to Georgia Tech.

Keion had to sit out most of the 2021 season with an injury and also switched positions from tight end to defensive end.

"So much talent, he was a running back back then," said Marcus Yulfo, who helps head up the Knightdale Football Association where Keion played from 6-12 years old. "It shows that other kids who grew up in this county in this area that it's possible for you if you put in the hard work like Keion did."

James said Keion visited 13 teams but he drew the most interest from Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

His grandmother said she never lost faith in her grandson.

"Even he says 'I never would've thought I'd get this far,'" said Diane. "He would always say that. I said 'Don't say that!' Do your best and forget the rest and whatever happens will happen."

Keion was not drafted Thursday night in the first round, but his family hopes and expects to see him drafted Friday night. Draft coverage begins on ABC11 at 7 p.m.

Lightning, flooding, fallen tree: Severe weather wreaks havoc across the Triangle

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- The weather was wet and dangerous in central North Carolina on Friday.

From lightning to foods, below are some of problems the weather caused in the ABC11 viewing area.

Lightning sparks fire

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The homeowner said he was sleeping Friday morning when lightning struck the heating unit in the attic and sparked the fire

A lightning strike caused a home to catch fire in Wake County, according to the Garner Fire Chief.

The homeowner said he was sleeping Friday morning when lightning struck the heating unit in the attic and sparked the fire. He said it sounded like a small explosion and then he started to see smoke billowing out of vents in his home.

SEE ALSO: Heavy rains Friday morning cause multiple crashes throughout Triangle

The homeowner said he believes lightning struck the heating unit located in the attic which caused the fire.

Fire crews were able to get the fire under control. There was no sprinkler system inside the home. Three people and a dog in total were inside at the time of the lightning strike, and they were able to get out safely.

Folks living in the row of townhomes were also evacuated. One person told ABC11 they heard when the lightning hit the building.

"We heard a bang, you could tell it wasn't thunder but didn't really know what it was," said Viiu Loub.

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No one was injured.

The attic and third floor primary suite have significant damage.

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Storms that moved across North Carolina Friday morning are now blamed for bringing down a tree and destroying a house in Sanford.

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Rising water trapped a family inside their home in Durham.

Rising water trapped a family inside their home in Durham.

It happened in the 4 o'clock hour Friday afternoon at a home on South Street.

Durham rescue crews had to get a raft to float up to the front door of the home, because water surrounding the home was approximately 4 feet deep. Once there, they were able to help a couple and their dog to safety.

Durham officials said a second home behind the residence was also evacuated. In total, 5 adults and 1 dog were evacuated.

All residents were are recieving help from friends and family. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Cancelations and postponements

The adverse weather has forced event organizers to cancel or reschedule events -- like an Easter egg hunt hosted by Prince Hall York Rite at Pullen Park

"We were hoping and praying that the rain would blow over as it had done in the previous couple of weekends," Tim DeBerry said. "Last night, we made the final call to go ahead and just change up. Pullen Park was able to get us in and reschedule so that was really nice. Shout out to Pullen Park."

Organizers said the event has been rescheduled to April 16.

The Durham Rescue Mission will hold a drive-thru event Saturday morning handing out Easter baskets due to lower than expected turnout on Friday because of the weather.

Durham Craft Market said while Saturday's market has not been officially canceled, it's highly unlikely members will be coming out due to weather.

State approves new acute care hospital in Garner and expansion of 2 others in Raleigh

WakeMed has received preliminary approval from the state to build a new hospital in Garner and a new 150-bed mental health hospital in Knightdale. Proposals to add beds to Duke Raleigh and UNC Rex hospital...

WakeMed has received preliminary approval from the state to build a new hospital in Garner and a new 150-bed mental health hospital in Knightdale. Proposals to add beds to Duke Raleigh and UNC Rex hospitals received the state’s blessing as well.

State regulators previously decided that because of population growth Wake County can support 45 more acute care hospital beds and two additional operating rooms. The Triangle’s three hospital systems — Duke, WakeMed and UNC — each applied for permission to add those beds under the state’s “certificate of need” program, which aims to prevent hospitals from building unnecessary facilities that drive up health care costs or hurt quality.

The state Department of Health and Human Services decided to divide the 45 beds among the three systems. It said Duke and UNC could each add 18 beds to their Raleigh hospitals and allowed WakeMed to add 9.

WakeMed Health and Hospitals also received preliminary approval to build the two operating rooms in the planned WakeMed Garner Hospital. The hospital, at the corner of White Oak Road and Timber Drive, would have 31 acute care beds — the 9 new ones and 22 relocated from WakeMed’s main campus in Raleigh.

“We are very pleased that the state approved our application, which was undoubtedly one of several thoughtful and well-crafted proposals submitted,” WakeMed president and CEO Donald Gintzig said in a statement. “Through this process, we have demonstrated not only that there is a great need for convenient, high-quality care in the Garner community, but that WakeMed is well positioned to meet that need, for the benefit of those we serve.”

The state made the certificate of need decisions in late January, starting a 30-day appeal period, which ends this week. If any of the health systems contests the allocation of beds, the case would then be heard by the state Office of Administrative Hearings.

A spokesman for UNC Health indicated that it isn’t satisfied with the state’s decision. It had sought 36 beds and two additional operating rooms at Rex in Raleigh and another 9 beds at its Rex hospital in Holly Springs.

UNC Health Rex is pleased that state regulators recognized the need for more beds at our main Raleigh hospital,” spokesman Alan Wolf said in an email. “However, given the projected increases in demand, we still believe that additional beds and operating rooms are needed at our Raleigh and Holly Springs hospitals — and offer the most cost-effective option.”

Dr. Monte Brown, vice president for administration at Duke University Health System, noted Friday’s deadline to file an appeal but did not comment further.

The appeal period has passed for WakeMed’s proposal for a mental health hospital, which won approval Jan. 18. The WakeMed Behavioral Health Center will have separate units for adolescents, young adults, adults and people older than 65 and will offer outpatient services.

WakeMed hopes to break ground on the $137.5 million psychiatric hospital next year and open by late 2026.

WakeMed officials chose Knightdale because it is relatively close to the hospital system’s main campus on the east side of Raleigh, where it receives its largest share of patients with behavioral health problems. Gintzig said last summer that the number of patients seeking mental health treatment at WakeMed emergency rooms increased 25% during the COVID-19 pandemic, amounting to 40,000 additional visits a year.

The new Garner acute care hospital is expected to cost about $214 million and begin seeing patients in late 2026. It would be the third medical hospital to open in Wake County this decade. UNC opened the 50-bed Rex Holly Springs hospital in late 2021, and Duke Health has received permission to build a 40-bed hospital on Green Level West Road, at the N.C. 540 interchange in western Cary.

Duke has opened primary care and specialty clinics at Green Level and is still working with the town on permits its needs to begin building the hospital, Brown said.


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