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Old 01-24-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Does anybody else worry about the future viability of this mall? It seems like the desirable tenants are slowly but surely leaving and being replaced by second-tier Eastland type stores. The location seems decent but is there really the population density up there to support the mall with Birkdale and Concord Mills both superior nearby options? I'm sure the mall was built with a pre-recession mindset of continued residential growth around the mall area along with the completion of I-485. I hope I am wrong because Charlotte doesnt need another dead mall, especially one as new and as nice as Northlake. The bad thing is it can be difficult to turn around if it starts to go down that path. Bottom line is, will the mall be able to hang on through the recession to remain viable afterwards or is it inevitably doomed?
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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Does anybody else worry about the future viability of this mall? It seems like the desirable tenants are slowly but surely leaving and being replaced by second-tier Eastland type stores. The location seems decent but is there really the population density up there to support the mall with Birkdale and Concord Mills both superior nearby options? I'm sure the mall was built with a pre-recession mindset of continued residential growth around the mall area along with the completion of I-485. I hope I am wrong because Charlotte doesnt need another dead mall, especially one as new and as nice as Northlake. The bad thing is it can be difficult to turn around if it starts to go down that path. Bottom line is, will the mall be able to hang on through the recession to remain viable afterwards or is it inevitably doomed?
Who's closed? I think the Target being there and the Best Buy stuff across the street helps. I don't like malls and hardly go. Birkdale turned me off pronto with the parking weirdness and mixed use kids misbehaving in the theater.

That was years ago and I'm sure they are doing fine. I'm also sure I'll never be back unless I have to.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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Does anybody else worry about the future viability of this mall? It seems like the desirable tenants are slowly but surely leaving and being replaced by second-tier Eastland type stores. The location seems decent but is there really the population density up there to support the mall with Birkdale and Concord Mills both superior nearby options? I'm sure the mall was built with a pre-recession mindset of continued residential growth around the mall area along with the completion of I-485. I hope I am wrong because Charlotte doesnt need another dead mall, especially one as new and as nice as Northlake. The bad thing is it can be difficult to turn around if it starts to go down that path. Bottom line is, will the mall be able to hang on through the recession to remain viable afterwards or is it inevitably doomed?
I was just there a few weeks ago. Its one of the nicest malls ive ever been to. The layout, feel and look is like no other. Very modern and sleek. Im unsure what you mean by retailers moving out as, i didnt find many empty stores or "3rd party" type stores. I will go back there every few months.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I was just there a few weeks ago. Its one of the nicest malls ive ever been to. The layout, feel and look is like no other. Very modern and sleek. Im unsure what you mean by retailers moving out as, i didnt find many empty stores or "3rd party" type stores. I will go back there every few months.
When I was there this summer there was quite a few on the bottom level. It also didn't seem like there was a lot of foot traffic in the areas with the nicer stores. The "urban" stores seemed to be more popular. I agree I really like the style and feel of the mall. Seems to me the mall kind of has an identity problem. Is it upscale, average, or urban? When it was built it was a notch lower than SouthPark. Now I would say it's about like Carolina Place but with a less consistent tenant mix.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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I can drive to 6 malls in under 30 minutes, how is that sustainable.....oh wait people constantly feel the need to consume to fill some empty void in their life.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:34 AM
 
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Does anybody else worry about the future viability of this mall? It seems like the desirable tenants are slowly but surely leaving and being replaced by second-tier Eastland type stores. The location seems decent but is there really the population density up there to support the mall with Birkdale and Concord Mills both superior nearby options?
What stores does Concord Mills have that makes it so superior to Northlake? One of the 2 dozen shoe stores? The As Seen On TV store? Perfumania? The Disney Outlet that always seems half empty? Or could it be that its superior in that it has Bass Pro, Burlington Coat Factory, Nascar Speed Park, and T.J Maxx as some of the anchor stores?

I can get to either Concord Mills or Northlake in the same amount of time. I ALWAYS choose to do any shopping at Northlake. It is by far a nicer mall then Concord Mills. There is not one desirable store at Concord Mills that isn't at Northlake (or the surrendering area). The only time I go to Concord Mills is if a movie is playing at their AMC that is at a better time then the NorthLake AMC. Other then that I stay far, far away from that place.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:52 AM
 
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Desirable tenants "slowly but surely leaving" Northlake....hmmm, is this like all sorts of restaurant closings in the Dilworth/South End area?

And what exactly is an "urban" store?
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:26 AM
 
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Concord Mills is the pits. I've been there twice and don't feel I ever need to return. Besides the traffic in that area is horrible. Why would anyone wait 5, 10, 15 or even 30 minutes to shop at a dark, run down mall when there are so many other options?
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:40 AM
 
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If you look up the sales figures for Northlake, you will see that it is very healthy and has absolutely no risk of becoming Eastlandish anytime soon. A lot of Eastland's demise came from the surrounding neighborhoods' changing demographics and newer, more modern malls being built where all the target shoppers were moving to.

No, Northlake is not becoming another Eastland.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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And what exactly is an "urban" store?
Stores that promote hip-hop fashion.
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