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    Camperdown (Greenville News Building Site)

    I agree with distortedlogic. There are plenty of architectural styles that have withstood the test of time: Federalist, Neo-Renaissance and more. “2000s boxes” might, but it might not.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    I'm not sure if I'd put downtown Seattle and Chicago--which are major retail destinations--in the same grouping as up town Charlotte. Maybe Pittsburgh, but even it until a few years ago had multiple department stores and retail. Downtown Newark, NJ and downtown Atlanta also have Foot Lockers.
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    210 Trade | EpiCentre

    A Foot Locker will draw crowds from the bus transfer center/garage near the Epicentre. It's really a good location for a store such as that. Otherwise, I am not clear that mid-level chain stores would be successful in uptown Charlotte. Why shop uptown when similar stores are all around Charlotte? The few cities near Charlotte that have strong retail in their downtowns (Greenville, SC and Charleston) all have ritzier stores than are in the local malls, so those downtowns differentiate themselves that way.
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    New Greenville developments

    I’m beyond tired of hearing about the Daniel Building generally. It’s an ugly midsize building built 50 yeas ago. If it’s “all that”, then it’s pathetic that nothing more noteworthy has been built since then. How many other cities would have so much talk about that kind of building? Charlotte doesn’t (although the circa-1991 BofA Corporate Center gets more attention than it should), and even Columbia has built plenty of more impressive buildings in the last 30 years. It can and should be reclad with a with a more attractive exterior.
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    New Greenville developments

    Also, about 10 years ago (pre-Obama crash), wasn't there a plan to build a condo building on the site?
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    Haywood Rd Redevelopment

    Von Maur is about the only one. Or a few junior anchors such as a Saks Off Fifth.
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    Haywood Rd Redevelopment

    Would you mind sharing a link if you have one? I believe you; I’m just curious about the details. I don’t see Nordstrom coming to the site but hopefully it’ll be another department store. I wouldn’t want small tenants to be lured away from downtown.
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    Haywood Rd Redevelopment

    How is the Sears store at Haywood remaining open through the latest store closings: is it "saved" just because the rent is so low and it hasn't been bought by Simon or otherwise prepared for redevelopment? A store with that low level of traffic usually would be on any chain's closure list, I'd think.
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    821 S. Main St. Hotel & Mixed Use

    I used to work in a bank, in the commercial and residential finance-related business. Trust me, banks can make huge mistakes and their analyses are not foolproof. Recall 2008?
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    821 S. Main St. Hotel & Mixed Use

    Banks also financed Greenville Mall.
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    821 S. Main St. Hotel & Mixed Use

    Sounds great but ANOTHER hotel? Are all of these developments backed up by market research clearly showing sufficient demand?
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    Higher-end department stores in Greenville

    Does anyone foresee a higher-end department store chain coming to Greenville anytime in the near future? Greenville couldn't support a Saks Fifth Avenue, but it had Ivey's and Parisian, both of which were certainly higher-price-point chains. Von Maur: It's a Midwestern chain that expanded to Atlanta. When the Sears at Haywood closes, maybe this could take the spot? (Or has the Sears already been sold to Seritage, which would typically close the store and retenant it with smaller tenants)? Saks Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus Last Call: Greenville finally has a Nordstrom Rack, but the off-price branches of other chains haven't arrived yet, oddly enough. Any interest shown by these off-price chains? Nordstrom Local (https://shop.nordstrom.com/content/nordstrom-local): Nordstrom is opening small locations in the West Coast- apparently you can pick up online orders, try them on and have them altered. I could see something like this totally transforming the department store industry and allowing higher-end chains to open tiny locations in places where they have some online sales without a full-line store nearby. I would think that a Nordstrom Local in Greenville (and lots of other smaller markets) would do fine, since stores in Atlanta and Charlotte could ship merchandise, and surely people in Greenville already shop in them. Just curious as to others' thoughts. I know that the department store industry generally is suffering, but some chains are expanding when others withdraw (e.g., Dillard's, Nordstrom and others are all opening stores).
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    Pleasantburg Drive Corridor

    Great idea. There is so much surplus parking space at the site- soon with a vacant anchor pad- that I wonder if GT has thought of that. McAlister Square and Plasantburg Shopping Center both could be redeveloped into a large mixed-use development. Too bad we’re building stuff way out in suburbia instead.
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    Pleasantburg Drive Corridor

    Agreed. I always wondered why JBWhite didn’t move from Greenville Mall to McAlister Square in the early 90s, too. McAlister Square just seemed to be the mall that didn’t have to die. It seemed fully leased until it dropped over dead, very quickly, unlike Greenville and Bell Tower Malls, which limped along, half-vacant, for years, and the Fresh Market across the street, Publix and movie theater indicate that there is demand for retail in the area.
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    Pleasantburg Drive Corridor

    Yes...with the "Belk-Simpson" labelscar on the sides.