Justin Cord Hayes (photo by H. Scott Hoffmann 11/17/2004)

HIGH POINT — A nearly complete north High Point shopping center needs a name, something with “oomph,” something that sizzles.

Work began in late summer 2004 on a center to be anchored by Sammy Gianopolous’ second north High Point restaurant, Aquaria Seafood Grill.

Gianopolous is owner and chef of Giannos, a popular Italian restaurant near Eastchester Drive and Centennial Street.

Aquaria is farther north, at the meeting of Sutton Way and Tinsley Drive.

The seafood restaurant will anchor the center, which will have room for up to five additional merchants or offices.

The center is expected to open in late January, according to Henry Shavitz, owner of Henry Shavitz Realty and leasing agent for the project. Tenants are showing interest in the center, including a nationally known beauty salon Shavitz won’t name.

There’s just one problem: The center doesn’t have a name, “unless they want to name it after me,” Shavitz said, with a laugh.

Maybe you can help find a name for this north High Point shopping center. Remember, it’s got to compete with heavy-hitting handles such as “The Palladium Shops” and “Heron Place at Mendenhall.”

Sorry ... names including the words “Edsel,” “Waterloo” or “Titanic” will not receive serious consideration.

If you have an idea, send me an e-mail, at the address below.

“If we like it, we may use it, or at least give a free steak to divide among a family of six,” Shavitz said, laughing.

Contact Justin Cord Hayes at 883-4422, Ext. 238, or jhayes@news-record.com

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