Amelie’s French Bakery wants to expand into the south Charlotte market, according to a site plan for the Carmel Commons shopping center.
Regency Centers Corp., which owns and operates Carmel Commons, posted a site plan on its website that indicates the bakery will occupy 5,000 square feet in the Carmel Commons Boulevard end of the shopping center, near Chuck E. Cheese. The location was previously occupied by Fifty-1, a bar.
“We’re thrilled to have Amelie’s joining us. It’s a very distinctive and energetic concept,” said Paul Muñana, senior leasing agent for Regency’s Carolinas portfolio. “We see Amelie’s as a game changer. It offers us a distinction.”
Representatives with Amelie’s French Bakery did not immediately return requests for comment
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Amelie’s, which opened its first store in 2008 on North Davidson Street, would likely open in the first quarter of next year, said Muñana. The bakery also has locations in uptown Charlotte, Rock Hill and Atlanta.
Carmel Commons is located across the street from Charlotte Catholic High School, at the intersection of N.C. Highway 51 and Carmel Road. It includes about 133,000 square feet and has just a few vacancies, according to the site plan that was revised in August.
Muñana said the company has been working on a lease with the bakery for several months.
“It’s homegrown. The fact that it’s funky, we like,” he said. “It makes you smile.”
Amelie’s is popular for its quirky decor, iconic treats such as its salted caramel brownies and its round-the-clock hours, at least at the NoDa location. The business also serves soups, salads, sandwiches and quiche as well as coffee and loose leaf tea.
Muñana said Regency has offered to allow Amelie’s to operate 24-hours a day, but they aren’t under any obligation to do so. He said he doesn’t know what the hours will be at the location.