Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Revolution moving from EpiCentre to East Blvd.

An uptown apparel retailer is moving from its EpiCentre location to a new store on East Boulevard next week, after five years at the mixed-use entertainment complex.

Revolution plans to close its EpiCentre location on Jan. 15. Its new store is located at East Blvd. and Cleveland Street, in a renovated building. The East Blvd. store will carry premium denim and designer clothes for men and women, as well as jewelry, shoes, accessories and gifts.

Here's a picture of the new Revolution shop, from their Facebook page. The building has been extensively redone over the past few months, and is set to open on Thursday.

227 East Boulevard
Revolution is running sales at its uptown store until the location closes.

Uptown's relatively small retail selection has long been a sore point with many (I used to live uptown about four years ago, and I had to drive out of uptown to buy anything besides food). What do you think about the uptown retail scene? Do you think there are enough residents and visitors to support more stores now?


Carl Leatherman Jr said...

As a longtime Charlotte resident and native, no, I don't think uptown can support anything but small scale retail. Belk, and Ivey's (a locally owned department store that was later acquired by Dillard's) were the last retailers to leave some 30+ years ago in a much less competitive landscape. Yes uptown (downtown for us natives), has become more populated and decidedly more prosperous, but short of a dozen or more new high rise condos at max cap, I don't think the population is here to support anything but small boutiques. Downtown is a business and entertainment district. Shopping belongs to Southpark and the burbs.

Nibletodell said...

once we get from 15k residents to 25k residents I think we will see an influx of more national chain stores, Banana Republic, Gap, Urban Outfitters, things like that. We just need to build the spaces.

Gipper1965 said...

Of course, uptown can support it. Cities with fewer residents in their downtowns have major retail scenes, like Providence, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh. retail is ia destination and as well as a service for local populations. SouthPark mall doesn't serve just people who live within a mile of it and no one is going to argue that getting to Southpark is exactly easy or congestion free.

You have to add workers, tourists, and visitors to the residential population uptown.

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