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8 minutes ago, CLT2014 said:

Then I would just call it like it is. Your preference would be retailers that draw a upper middle class and affluent clientele... which does not equal everyone. 

Uptown has a high household income so it could be a candidate for an Apple store. I just wouldn't say it is a store for "everyone."

If I were one the owners of the epicenter I would be strategic as to what kind of tenant mix exists.  There are malls that have made the mistake of not having a wide range of tenants and then in the end it loses appeal.  I still don’t think soft goods would be a good idea.  If malls are struggling how will retail in the epicenter survive? Especially now that south end is becoming a destination shopping district?

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I’d love to see the epicenter get more of a mix like the Denver Pavilions for example. Uniqlo, H&M, a few restaurants with  outdoor seating on the upper floors. Could keep some of the nightlife scene but would help the area be a little more well-rounded with foot traffic throughout the day.

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Before this thread gets derailed...if anything a foot locker (or any shoe retailer) would be a win for Uptown.  A shoe store does cater to everyone too btw.  Kids, teens, adults, guys, gals.  But I know that wasn't your point.  Your comments are very contradicting too.  Your first post says you want stores like H&M and  Men's Clothing at the Epi, but now you say you don't think soft goods would be good.  You also state that a shoe store (foot locker) would be detrimental, yet you say that not having a wide range of tenants would be bad.  

Downtown shopping is completely different in my opinion and if executed correctly can work.

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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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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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26 minutes ago, Temeteron said:

Big View Diner (owned by Greeks)

Landmark Diner (owned by Greeks)

Skyland Diner (owned by Greeks)

Stacks (Owned by Greeks from New Jersey)

Midnight Diner

Redeye Diner

you must not get out much? Lol

Lol I got you, I mean this conversation happened in Greensboro, I'm just talking about the South in general

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Walked around yesterday in 80 degree weather and it was great!  Crews are all over the city prepping for the all star weekend (banners and pictures).  The Epicentre has received some cosmetic fixes.  The main staircase near enso has fresh paint and they have "fixed" the broken, what was wood flooring, panels.  I tried to peer into Enso bc I saw lights on...couldn't really see anything in there.  Maybe it will be a pop up shop for the weekend.  But it's a huge place that could be split into separate stores and the location is good on the ground floor.  I expect something to go in there soon.  Looks like Bubble closed and there was work being done in there for something.  Overall it had a very vibrant feel to it and I have no doubt this will be a very popular destination come next weekend.  The elevator pictured above has a huge Kemba wrap on it now...pretty cool.  

 

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37 minutes ago, CharlotteWkndBuzz said:

Walked around yesterday in 80 degree weather and it was great!  Crews are all over the city prepping for the all star weekend (banners and pictures).  The Epicentre has received some cosmetic fixes.  The main staircase near enso has fresh paint and they have "fixed" the broken, what was wood flooring, panels.  I tried to peer into Enso bc I saw lights on...couldn't really see anything in there.  Maybe it will be a pop up shop for the weekend.  But it's a huge place that could be split into separate stores and the location is good on the ground floor.  I expect something to go in there soon.  Looks like Bubble closed and there was work being done in there for something.  Overall it had a very vibrant feel to it and I have no doubt this will be a very popular destination come next weekend.  The elevator pictured above has a huge Kemba wrap on it now...pretty cool.  

 

Bubble closed about a year and a half ago.  I’ve heard rumors that Suite might close soon too.  I can’t understand why there aren’t more sit down restaurants at the epicenter (and retail).  

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On 10/26/2018 at 9:49 AM, Temeteron said:

I’m sorry but I will have to disagree 110%. Putting a foot locker at the epicenter is going to be the nail in it’s coffin.  That complex needs places like Apple, H&M,  maybe one of the locally owned men’s clothing stores that sell suits etc, maybe a gift shop, etc.  something that caters to everyone. Foot locker doesn’t cater to everyone, and it gives off a very “hood” vibe. 

Translate hood....... But I would have to disagree with you. But I do say that it is too specific of a store in that location.  Apple would be great tho. 

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No way Apple would put a store there, same goes for an H&M.  The place is just not high class enough for their brands.  On a 1-10 scale the Epicenter is a 6 and they need to work a lot harder to maintain that.  Wont find the brands entertaining anything less than 8/9 caliber places.

 

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33 minutes ago, navigator319 said:

No way Apple would put a store there, same goes for an H&M.  The place is just not high class enough for their brands.  On a 1-10 scale the Epicenter is a 6 and they need to work a lot harder to maintain that.  Wont find the brands inferring in anything less than 8/9 caliber places.

H&M doesn’t need to be in high class area.  It just needs foot traffic.  You can find shirts there for $9-$15

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H&M doesn’t need to be in high class area.  It just needs foot traffic.  You can find shirts there for $9-$15


I didn’t mean the high class in the price point of the goods they sell, but rather brand image.

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1 hour ago, navigator319 said:

 


I didn’t mean the high class in the price point of the goods they sell, but rather brand image.

 

There are H&Ms at Staten Island Mall and Great Lakes Mall (Mentor, OH), both of which are not glamorous locals. Staten Island Mall yikes. By the way there is a store called "Urban Planet" there.

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