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Charlotte’s first J.Crew Mercantile to open in late January in Park Road Shopping Center

We recently wrote about how much is happening around the Park Woodlawn area of Charlotte. Here’s one thing happening: The J.Crew Mercantile store is “on track top open” the last week of January in the Park Road Shopping Center, according to the Observer’s Katherine Peralta.

What’s a J.Crew Mercantile store? It offers the same things that you’d find at a J.Crew Factory store, except it’s not a factory store. It’s also the first of its kind in Charlotte.

This comes soon after we learned about two new restaurants coming to the old Monkey Joe’s space in the area.

See? Park Woodlawn is happening. But some people want to rename and rebrand the area. Business owners, leaders and residents formed a committee to rebrand the neighborhood, and they want your opinion. You can take a survey about the area here. It closes on Dec. 31.

Not sure why we need to change the name from Park Woodlawn. That’s got a nice ring to it. Much better than “Mad Park” or “TriPark.”

In other headlines …

– Nearly 1,900 people statewide filed before yesterday’s noon deadline, meaning we should get ready for some fun primary and general election action in 2016. The March 15 primaries will cover everything from president to U.S. Senate to county register of deeds.

– One day after getting three personal fouls called on him and launching himself into a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Panthers’ Josh Norman, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. received a one-game suspension (he can appeal) Monday.

– Also on Monday, Beckham Jr. claimed he felt threatened by Panthers players carrying a bat on the field — something they did in an earlier game this season and has nothing to do with Beckham Jr. Because we can’t just talk about the Panthers being good at football.

– Hey, young people: Banks want you to work for them.

Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer