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  1. 50 minutes ago, TylerFerreroSorel said:

    I've heard Cartier and Hermès want in... We'll see! :tw_blush:

    Is that odd since Hermes briefly had a store in the Neiman wing at SP about 7-8 years ago?  It didn’t last too long. 

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  2. I just walked into Banana Republic in SP and they are closing in two weeks.  Half the store is empty.  The ladies there said the only two stores left in CLT will be at Blakeney and Birkdale.  That’s so surprising to me. 

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  3. 40 minutes ago, atlrvr said:

    So, my question above is actually a question on if this is a good investment for NC taxpayers.  Hyundai imported cars here for 19 years before opening a factory, presumably because it took that long to prove demand.  They were also a lower price point car to gain market share.  Personally, I'd like to see their business model proved here first before we write incentive checks.   I'm sure some will argue the structure helps protect tax payers, but thinking about this how a private investor would, the Toyota deal is a much better risk/return than this deal unless incentives turn out to be much lower than I expect.

    We lost Rivian (also an upstart) to Georgia and I don't know how much NC offered Rivian nor how much they're shelling out for VinFast, but Rivian committed to 7,500 jobs whereas VinFast is talking as many as 13,000.   And yes, those could be pie-in-the-sky numbers, but they're out there in print.  To your point, nothing is proven till it's proven, but the coming EV revolution is reminiscent of the early days of the ICE car industry a century ago.  It'll be interesting to see where and if EV manufacturers cluster, both legacy and the many upstarts (current and yet to come).  In the past ~decade we've witnessed the birth of brands like Tesla, Lucid, Fisker, Rivian, now VinFast and FaradayFuture (if they can ever get their sh!t together) and likely many more to come.   Not all will survive, just like DuPont, Essex, Hudson, Cord, etc. back in the early days, but if we can plant the seeds that tell the world NC is fertile ground for the EV industry, and Toyota battery is certainly part of that, then maybe it's worth priming that pump.  You can't win if you don't play.

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  4. True.   Lease prices haven't been revealed, but it's expected that the subscription will be $100-150/mo, with the caveat that they'll replace the battery pack when it degrades to 70% capacity.  You may never own the car long enough to need to replace it, but it is a unique angle if you plan on keeping a car long-term (and the current average car owner is hanging onto their car for more than 7 years and that trend has been on the rise steadily).  We'll see how they do, but I wouldn't bet against them just yet.  They may be the next Hyundai or they could be the next Daihatsu.

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  5. 1 hour ago, atlrvr said:

    I'm not sure how to asks this tactfully, so I'll just ask:. Who is interested in buying a $46k Vietnamese electric car?

    Maybe not many at first, but that does remind me of the view of Hyundai and Kia when they debuted in the US market in the late 1980s.  Who’s gonna buy a car from a Korean manufacturer?   I don’t know the content level for a $46K VinFast, but a base Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6, and VW ID.4 all start in the low-mid $40s and get 280-310 mi for range.  Vinfast VF-8 touts about 310mi range and VF-9 about 400 on the US EPA scale.  If they can load up standard features and best the range of the VAG, TSLA, Ford, etc, that’s about the best place they can hope to be to launch in the US market.  Are they gonna set the sales charts on fire right out of the gate?  Of course not.  But neither did Hyundai/Kia.  They offered more bang for the buck  and a 100K mi. warranty vs. the legacy players here and went for the long view.  And it paid off.  Gotta start somewhere. 

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  6. 19 minutes ago, allthingsplanes said:

    Did anyone else really hate the concessions experience at the game?  My son was hungry (otherwise I wouldn't have gone) and we got in line (we were on the 500 level) with between 5 and 10 minutes left in the first half.  We waited in line through halftime and 15 minutes had passed in the 2nd half before we got back to our seats!!!

    I mean I know it was a big crowd but don't the Panthers have crowds like that most home games?  How in the world was it sooo bad?


    Otherwise the experience was great!

    I did notice that at the far right of the counters at several (maybe not all) concessions, they had a mobile order pick up slot, so that’s what I’ll plan to do next time.  The lines were looonnng everywhere, and we even went during game time when we thought they’d be somewhat cleared out.  Nope. 

  7. I'm not sure of the best place to put this, so I'll post it here.  I have a friend who has a small business in hand-dying hemp textiles and making pillows, etc. from that.  They moved here from Kansas City where she had a working studio/shop downtown there and at the moment she's working out of a large bonus room in their home, which is big, but still woefully undersized for what she needs and really limits how she functions.  She ideally needs ~1000sf with concrete floors, higher ceilings, access to water (bathroom inside the space not a requirement if there's a communal restroom somewhere).  She'd like it to be no more than a 20min drive from their home (Foxcroft).  I figured there may be some commercial real estate people here that might be interested in chatting with her.  Anyone who wants to/can help, please DM me.


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  8. 1 hour ago, turbocraig said:

    Not to start a flame war (if that's even still a thing), but  I found these print-offs from the Observer from August 2001 under a drawer this week.  I knew I had them somewhere.  Back then there was a lot more CLT/RDU rivalry on these boards and in general it seemed, and the O and the News&O each did an editorial about the other city.  A fun read and quaint to reread now.  Here was the view from Raleigh:

    CLT1.pdf 187.04 kB · 2 downloads CLT2.pdf 179.46 kB · 0 downloads CLT3.pdf 185.15 kB · 0 downloads CLT4.pdf 78.8 kB · 0 downloads

    And here was the News&O's response.  I think we won that round.

    RDU1.pdf RDU2.pdf RDU3.pdf RDU4.pdf

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  9. Not to start a flame war (if that's even still a thing), but  I found these print-offs from the Observer from August 2001 under a drawer this week.  I knew I had them somewhere.  There was a lot more CLT/RDU rivalry back then it seemed, and the O and the N&O each did an editorial about the other city.  A fun read and quaint to reread now.  Here was the view of Raleigh:

    CLT1.pdf CLT2.pdf CLT3.pdf CLT4.pdf

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  10. 12 hours ago, KJHburg said:

    Note this Porsche was parked in uptown Charlotte as I know there are purists who only want to feature cars in the QC.    This color is interesting.  




    :tw_open_mouth:  Are you talkin’ about me??   Well here’s a couple from our first 30 seconds after parking our car at Venice Beach yesterday.  We should rename this thread “Cars of Various Locales Throughout the United States”. That just slips off the tongue.3AEB2746-F8F9-4257-9076-147916E6F239.thumb.jpeg.7437e5c7705740920c0191d03b5cf50c.jpeg

    ^ dead.  Take me now, Lord.


    v this one’s ok too, if you’re into that sort of thing.


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  11. 6 minutes ago, TheRealClayton said:

    They own a decent bit of land actually, almost an acre between the fronting building and the rear greenhouse, and you should probably ask yourself, "hmmm, its been 2.5 years since Mr. Ks closed, and the new owner hasn't done a thing with it yet, wonder what's up,"

    Nooooo… I had to go back and check.  Mr K’s closed 05Mar21 according to the O article about it. 

  12. 2 minutes ago, CLT2014 said:

    It is going to be 46 degrees this Super Bowl Sunday and raining in Charlotte.... the exact reason we would be a one and done location to thank us for building a new stadium... until it starts becoming "too old" and we have to tear it down all over again to justify earning a second Super Bowl (such as Dallas that has hosted only once, despite massive population, hotels, great airport, central location, et.). I know we are warmer than Detroit, Boston, New York, et... but we are definitely much more miserable than the typical host cities the NFL goes back to time and time again because they have perfect winter weather. If you were spending $8,000 on tickets, would you rather spend time shopping and walking around with a 42 degree February day in Charlotte or a 80 degree day in Las Vegas? 

    We now got Los Angeles (going to be 85 degrees this Super Bowl), Las Vegas (73 degrees), Phoenix (80 degrees), Miami (77 degrees), Tampa (65 degrees), Houston (59 degrees), New Orleans (54 degrees), et.. all eligible to host very pleasant Super Bowls when a city with a brand new stadium isn't up to bat. 

    I hear you, and all that makes sense, but it’s the Super Bowl, right?  Are they worried it won’t sell out?  If the NFL sells every ticket they can, and they will every time, why do they care what people do when they leave the stadium?  

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