A new Publix on Cherry Road in Rock Hill is set to open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, the company said Friday.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Charlotte Premium Outlets is set to open in July, a company official said Thursday, and though no list of tenants has been released, Internet listings shed some light on who's likely coming (list below).
The outlet mall, in southwest Charlotte just off I-485 and Steel Creek Road, is slated to have 400,000 square feet worth of stores, for a total of about 90 tenants. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Simon Property Group broke ground on the joint venture in September, after originally planning to build competing malls.
Simon spokesman Les Morris said the mall is still on track to open in July. But a list of stores isn't yet available, except for the store's previously announced anchor tenant, Saks 5th Avenue OFF FIFTH. That's where I turned to the secret weapon of reporters everywhere: The Internet.
There's a job listing here for a Brooks Brothers assistant store manager, with an opening date of July 31.
And construction project bids are listed here appear to show a wide range of stores planned for the Charlotte Premium Outlets, including: Kay Jewelers, Soma, Adidas, Rack Room Shoes, Talbots, Maidenform, Levi's Outlet Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Oakley Vault, Zumiez, Famous Footwear, American Eagle Outfitters, Carters and Oshkosh, Finish Line, Bath and Body Works, Fossil, Kenneth Cole, Guess Factory Store, Perfumania, Charlotte Russe, Perry Ellis, Haggar, Clark's Bostonian, Saks Off Fifth (announced), Aerosoles, Samsonite, New York & Company, Tommy Bahama, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, Aeropostale, Hanesbrands, Motherhood Maternity, White House Black Market, Chico's, Michael Kors, Van Heusen, Coach Store, Calvin Klein, DKNY, BCBG Max Azria, Sperry Topsider, Sunglass Hut, Rue 21, Banana Republic Factory Store, Gap Factory Store, Bebe, Cole Haan, Bose and Skechers.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Salisbury-based Food Lion announced Wednesday that its seafood is now obtained from sustainable sources, which the company said will help the environment.
The new arrangement covers about 1,000 items of fresh, canned, frozen or packaged seafood.
"At Food Lion, we believe that we have a responsibility to protect seafood species for generations to come,” said Karen Fernald, Food Lion's senior vice president of merchandising, in a statement. “Through our policy, customers can trust that the seafood products they buy in our stores today are responsibly harvested."
Here's what the program entails, according to Food Lion:
- Food Lion’s suppliers will provide full traceability back to the source fishery or seafood farm for seafood products sold.
- Wild-caught seafood will come from source fisheries that are governed by credible, enforceable and science-based management plans that respect the amount of harvest to ensure seafood populations will continue to be healthy in the future.
- Farm-raised seafood is certified and reviewed to ensure that production does not harm communities, workers, the environment or human health.
- The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will confirm fisheries that supply our seafood are responsibly managed.
- Monitoring and compliance measures are in place to ensure harvest levels are maintained within appropriate limits.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Quiznos has closed in the Latta Arcade uptown, as the chain continues to struggle and reportedly prepares to file for bankruptcy.
Although there were still signs advertising fresh-sliced meats and toasted subs in the windows on Tuesday, the Quiznos location between Tryon and Church streets was dark and locked. All of the serving line equipment appears to have been removed.
A shop owner in the arcade told me the location has been closed for several weeks, but I didn't notice that when I went to Flavors of India for lunch last week (perhaps my powers of observation were weakened by a craving for samosas).
Quiznos is reportedly down to about 1,200 franchises nationwide, from a peak of about 5,000. The Wall Street Journal said last week that Quiznos is exploring a plan to file for bankruptcy protection.
The company first got its start with its toasted subs and its oddball commercials featuring rat-like creatures with distorted mouths, crazy eyes and bowler/pirate hatesinging the praises of Quiznos. If you want to be terrified, watch the video below of one of their TV spots:
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Gander Mountain said Tuesday it plans to open a new store in the Rivergate South shopping center, as the firearms, hunting and outdoor provisions retailer continues a push into the Charlotte region.
The 45,600-square-foot store is set to open in late summer, the company said. "We are thrilled to bring a new Gander Mountain store to South Charlotte, and give more of our friends in the Queen City and the surrounding region opportunities to experience our top-quality gear and knowledgeable service at great prices," said CEO David Pratt, in a statement.
The company has recently opened new stores in Monroe and Gastonia. Outdoor supplies and firearm retailer Cabela's also announced plans to tear down the Plaza Fiesta mall off Interstate 77 in Fort Mill to build a 97,500-square-foot store on the site.
Gander Mountain will sell new and used guns at its Steele Creek store, along with apparel and supplies for hiking, camping, fishing, boating, archery and hunting.
Smoothie King is looking to open more franchises in North Carolina cities including Charlotte, and the company is offering franchisees a discount if they buy in bulk.
The company is planning for 60 more stores in Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville and Wilmington over the next few years. To stimulate demand among franchisees, people who buy at least three franchises will get 40 percent off their franchise fees.
Smoothie King has an incentive program you can find more about here. Franchise fees start at $15,000.
But don't think you can necessarily plop down a little withdrawal from your 401(k) and start a Smoothie King: "The financial requirement to open a Smoothie King in the United States is $250,000 Net Worth with a minimum of $75,000 in liquid assets. We also require Sales, Marketing, Restaurant, and/or Retail Experience."
Initial costs are estimated to total $139,900 to $327,000, according to Smoothie King's website.
There are about 15 Smoothie King locations in the Charlotte area, and the company said it expects to grow here.
"Smoothie King has experienced accelerated growth over the past few years, which is why we’re continuing to focus our expansion efforts in communities across North Carolina where there is an increasing demand for our products,” said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim, in a statement. “Based on the success of our franchisees in the market, we are confident our proven business model combined with our latest multi-unit development incentive program and ongoing support will provide local entrepreneurs with one of the best franchise opportunities in the smoothie segment."
Nationwide, the company said it plans to add 900 stores over the coming years, up from more than 500 now.
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Haggar Clothing Co. has opened an expanded and renovated store at Concord Mills, the company said Friday.
The men's apparel company said its store opened Saturday at the outlet mall, between TJ Maxx and Best Buy in Neighborhood 4.
"This popular menswear retailer will offer Concord Mills shoppers an even greater selection of its iconic work apparel, casual wear and fashion accessories for less," said Concord Mills, in a statement.
Eddie Bauer Outlet, Off Broadway Shoes and American Eagle Outfitters Factory will open at the mall soon, followed by retailers including Buckle, J.Crew Factory, Torrid and Janie and Jack Outlet.