Retail Development 

Retail development in Wake Forest is rapidly expanding, with a retail trade area that serves more than 143,000 people.  A mixture of convenient corporate franchises and homegrown independent shops fully supports all retail needs of the area.   


Wake Forest, North Carolina is the retail center for not only its own borders, but much of North Raleigh, and a number of additional nearby communities. New retail development focuses on restaurants, apparel, specialty groceries, and sporting goods. The retail activity in Wake Forest services over 143,000 people, more than triple its current resident population.  The average age, household income, and population growth of the retail trade area are prime indicators of the exciting retail growth that continues to arrive in Wake Forest. Retail recruitment and retention for the Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership and the Town of Wake Forest is contracted through Retail Strategies.

Wake Forest Retail Map

This map of corporate retail in Wake Forest has rapidly expanded over the past few years, with many more exciting new dining and shopping amenities planning to locate here in the near future.  Note: This map does not include the significant population of independently owned and operated restaurants, shopping, and other retail businesses.