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Old 03-24-2009, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Does anybody know why Charleston and Birmingham have Saks Fifth Avenue but Charlotte doesn't especially seeing how the city has Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom? Along with that, why doesn't Charlotte have a Whole Foods Market? Even Greenville, SC has one. Seems really odd to me.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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We don't need whole foods we have Earthfare, Trader Joes etc.


As for Saks there's one in Concord and who needs any more over priced designer garbage stores, we have enough of them in Charlotte already.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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We don't need whole foods we have Earthfare, Trader Joes etc.


As for Saks there's one in Concord and who needs any more over priced designer garbage stores, we have enough of them in Charlotte already.

Thats a discounted outlet saks not a real Saks
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I would think that some of the luxury retailers are hurting right now, as people are scaling back and curbing their spending to make ends meet. For me, personally, I would much rather make sure that my mortgage and bills are paid, as well as make sure there's food on the table, than be concerned with sporting the "latest" and "greatest" brands.

With that said, I'm sure there's a reason why certain high end stores do not have a presence in Charlotte. Their market research must have indicated that it would not be beneficial to open here, so they haven't.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:20 AM
 
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We don't need whole foods we have Earthfare, Trader Joes etc.


As for Saks there's one in Concord and who needs any more over priced designer garbage stores, we have enough of them in Charlotte already.
My, My, how bitter and sarcastic thou art. If you choose to shop at K-Mart or WallMart that is your perogative, What a negative way to start the day. Remember "Variety is the Spice of Life."
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Crown Town
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The reason we don’t have a Saks can essentially be blamed on politics. SouthPark was supposed to be getting a Saks with the mall expansion. Then Dee Dee Harris, who’s related to the wealthy Harris family here, lured them to a development she was doing near Quail Hollow (see article below)…

Article: Dee Dee Harris lands Saks for south Charlotte project - Charlotte Business Journal:

Then the deal fell through when she wasn’t able to get financing (see below)…

Article: Harris sinks more than money in Saks project | North America > United States from AllBusiness.com (http://www.allbusiness.com/north-america/united-states-north-carolina/1046563-1.html - broken link)

When Saks backed out of South Park, Nieman Marcus jumped in. After Dee Dee Harris’ development failed to develop, Saks was left out of the market. South Park can’t get zoning to expand any more, and there are no other “high end” developments in Charlotte. The side story here is supposedly that Belk controls all the malls in the area, and when Saks backed out of South Park, they were essentially black balled out of any malls in the area. I don’t know how true that is. There is talk, however, that there may be a Saks at the new Village at Lake Norman development. It would have the size and demographics for that type of store. But Saks is struggling, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

As for Whole Foods, they are supposed to be in the new Elizabeth development, but Whole Foods delayed it. I believe they delayed or canceled several planned new store openings..

Elizabeth Project: Elizabeth Avenue: Gallery
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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Whole Foods bought land on Colony/Sharon a couple of years ago and was supposed to break ground in 2010. Of course that was before the current state of the economy...not sure now.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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My, My, how bitter and sarcastic thou art. If you choose to shop at K-Mart or WallMart that is your perogative, What a negative way to start the day. Remember "Variety is the Spice of Life."

Actually don't care either way just fed up with all the threads why does Charlotte not have.........................
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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Just to let you know, not everyone has a mortgage to pay for( and no, that DOES NOT mean they're renting either) and just because people shop at high end stores does not mean they are concerned with, as you put it, " the latest and greatest".

Not all of us are "just getting by". Not everyone is "doing bad" financially.


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I would think that some of the luxury retailers are hurting right now, as people are scaling back and curbing their spending to make ends meet. For me, personally, I would much rather make sure that my mortgage and bills are paid, as well as make sure there's food on the table, than be concerned with sporting the "latest" and "greatest" brands.

With that said, I'm sure there's a reason why certain high end stores do not have a presence in Charlotte. Their market research must have indicated that it would not be beneficial to open here, so they haven't.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Did I say they were? I said "for me, personally".

If you are doing well, congrats! But many others are not, and so are less concerned with shopping at luxury stores.

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Just to let you know, not everyone has a mortgage to pay for( and no, that DOES NOT mean they're renting either) and just because people shop at high end stores does not mean they are concerned with, as you put it, " the latest and greatest".

Not all of us are "just getting by". Not everyone is "doing bad" financially.
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