Belk after Bankruptcy
Several apparel-focused retailers have expanded in the Charlotte area in the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the pandemic driving more consumers online and several major retailers filing for bankruptcy, including Belk and L’Occitane, the Charlotte area has seen several apparel and accessories stores open brick-and-mortar retail sites.
Here’s a list of some of the store openings announced during the past year:
▪ Apricot Lane, a women’s boutique with apparel, jewelry, handbags, accessories and gifts, opening Feb. 24 at Birkdale Village. It’s the third North Carolina location, with another store in south Charlotte on Rae Road and the other in Morehead City. Apricot Lane at Birkdale franchise is owned and operated by mother and daughter Georgina and Leah Susswell of Huntersville.
▪ Burlington department store opened two Charlotte-area stores: 6390 Bayfield Parkway in Concord, about 5 miles from Burlington at Concord Mills Boulevard, and another at The Poplin Place Shopping Center at 2901 W. U.S. Highway 74 in Monroe.
▪ Moxie Mercantile, locally owned women’s boutique by Michelle Castelloe, has been expanding in the Charlotte area. Moxie opened two stores last year: Moxie Mercantile in Matthews and a new brand Betty by Moxie Mercantile at 1219 Thomas Ave. in Charlotte, selling children’s clothing along with women’s apparel and gift items. Moxie Mercantile also has locations in Plaza Midwood and Davidson. Another store will open in the fall at 219 Main St. in Fort Mill, S.C.
▪ Peter Millar, which sells luxury men’s and women’s apparel, shoes and accessories, will open its first Charlotte store in April at 6815-F Phillips Place Court in Charlotte. The Raleigh-based retailer opened over 20 years ago and has 20 stores in 11 states, according to the company website.
▪ Sephora, national beauty product supplier, opened at Concord Mills and Birkdale Village in Huntersville.
▪ Stash Pad, selling vintage clothing and accessories, reopened at 2708 Monroe Road, Charlotte. Locally owned by Corrie Throckmorton, the original Plaza Midwood store opened in 2015.
▪ DICK’S, sporting goods store, relocating from Northlake Mall to Concord Mills.
▪ Mi Casa, plus-sized women’s clothing store, at Concord Mills.
▪ Vivian Jewelers at Concord Mills.
▪ BOSS, a men’s sportswear and casual clothing retailer, at SouthPark.
▪ The Copper Closet, a boutique where everything is $45 or less, at SouthPark.
▪Free People Movement, selling activewear, as well as supplements, at SouthPark.
▪Golden Goose, a fashion brand with apparel, accessories and footwear, at SouthPark.
▪ Psycho Bunny, a New York brand with a twist on classic menswear apparel like polos and T-shirts, at SouthPark.
▪ Saint Laurent, prominent Parisian fashion designer of women’s and men’s clothing, leather goods, shoes and jewelry, at SouthPark.
▪ Scotch & Soda, based in Amsterdam, men’s, women and children’s apparel store, at SouthPark.
▪ Uno de 50, a high-end fashion jewelry line from Spain, at SouthPark.
▪Vince, a Los Angeles-based luxury clothing brand for men and women, at SouthPark.
▪Marc Jacobs, the American fashion designer collections include ready-to-wear clothing, handbags, fragrances and cosmetics, at Charlotte Premium Outlets.
▪ Vans “Off the Wall” Outlet with footwear for infants to adults will open in April at Charlotte Premium Outlets.
This story was originally published February 25, 2022 6:00 AM.