Amélie’s to open south Charlotte bakery in mid-March

Interior of Amelie’s in NoDa, which opened in 2008.
Interior of Amelie’s in NoDa, which opened in 2008.

Amélie’s French Bakery will open its newest location in south Charlotte in mid-March, a store employee told the Observer.

The new restaurant will be in Carmel Commons, which is across the street from Charlotte Catholic High School at the intersection of Carmel Road and Pineville-Matthews Road. Work on the 5,000-square-foot store began last fall.

Amélie’s also has stores in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood as well as in Atlanta and Rock Hill. The NoDa location, the first Amélie’s store that opened in 2008, is known for its quirky decor and round-the-clock hours. It was recently rated the No. 1 bakery in North Carolina by travel site

According to a Facebook post, the new restaurant will have a full kitchen and will serve wine, beer and crepes.

It’ll “most likely” have hours similar to its Rock Hill and Atlanta stores, which are open Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., Thursday though Saturday from 7 a.m. until midnight and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Tapas and shots lounge coming to uptown Charlotte this summer

Charlotteans will have to wait a few more months for the uptown tapas restaurant and bar that specializes in shots.

Construction for Chupitos, Spanish for “shots,” began early last year at 400 S. Graham St. but was put on hold in mid-December, said Frank Llenas, a co-owner of Optimum Income Property and of the restaurant.

“We’re currently sorting some things out with the current partnership but the project will continue forward,” Llenas said.

The restaurant will open “hopefully early summer,” he said, and will employ 20 to 25 people. Lleras said Charlotte’s changing demographics create a ripe business opportunity for Chupitos, described on its active Instagram account as a “chupiteria-tapas-lounge.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding in the Charlotte area

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced it will open three new stores in the Charlotte area later this year.

The first store will open this spring in Davidson’s newly developed Two Harbour Place, which is at the corner of Griffith and Jetton streets.

The other new stores will open in Cornelius later this summer. One will be at 19116 W. Catawba Ave. near Magnolia Plaza, the new development anchored by a Publix that opened earlier this month. The second will be at the new Antiquity Town Center, which is under construction.

Joey Morganthall of MPV Properties represented the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee with the site search and lease negotiations, according to a news release from the real estate firm.

Harris Teeter to open Fort Mill store March 11

Harris Teeter will open a new store in Fort Mill, S.C., on March 11.

The 53,00-square-foot supermarket will be open 24 hours a day. Among other typical Harris Teeter food offerings, the newest South Carolina store will feature a pharmacy that’s open daily, Starbucks, sit-down eating area and Red Box DVD rental kiosk. It will have eight checkout lanes and four express lanes.

The grocery store will be in the Springfield Town Center at 500 Mercantile Place. Just before the store opening, Harris Teeter will hold a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m.

The Matthews-based grocer operates 24 stores in the Charlotte area.

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