Around Town

Hot: Elevation Church, First Ward and Chick-fil-A. Not hot: Rite Aid.

Four pieces of development news for you this week:

Elevation Church

The mega church led by Steven Furtick is buying the Matthews Plaza Shopping Center.

– Pricetag: $10.2 million

– 140,000 square feet of space

– Church’s Matthews campus (one of 10 campuses throughout region) is located at the center.

Rite Aid


Drug store chain Rite Aid plans to close its Charlotte distribution facility and move it to Spartanburg, S.C.

– Loss of 350 jobs in CLT

– Gain of 600 jobs in Spartanburg.

– New facility will cost chain $90 million.

– S.C Power Team and Broad River Electric Cooperative giving it a $525K infrastructure grant.

Apartments in First Ward (main photo above in this story)


Levine Properties is beginning construction on The 10th Street Apartments.

– 264 units on Brevard and 10th streets

– Six stories

– 1,400-space parking deck

– Set to open in mid-2016

– Part of the Levine’s master First Ward plan, which includes the future First Ward Park, between the UNCC Center City Building and ImaginOn.


Clear your morning schedule Feb. 3: Chick-fil-A is giving away 3-count boxes of Chick-n-Minis. 6-10:30 a.m. (Okay, this is “development” news, but it’s the most awesome thing you’ve read today, right?)

Photos: Bradley C. Bower / Bloomberg & Cousins Properties / Levine