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Fast-growing Charlotte tech company may move headquarters to historic mill

The CEO of Charlotte-based LendingTree received another large pay package in 2018, as his total compensation was mostly boosted by stock awards issued as part of a retention deal.
The CEO of Charlotte-based LendingTree received another large pay package in 2018, as his total compensation was mostly boosted by stock awards issued as part of a retention deal.

Charlotte-based technology company LendingTree said Friday it's considering moving its headquarters to a former mill in Pineville to accommodate a fast-growing workforce.

Ballantyne-based LendingTree announced plans in November 2016 to relocate to two buildings in SouthPark, but a spokeswoman said Friday that the company is "evaluating alternatives" after its headcount projections increased significantly.

"The opportunity to be a part of revitalizing Pineville’s former Cone Mill is something we are excited about, although we are still in the early evaluation stages," spokeswoman Megan Greuling said. "We are taking a very disciplined approach in deciding what option or options will best suit the needs for our employees, our shareholders and the community."

The Town of Pineville has been looking for a partner to develop the Cone Mill property at 436 Cone Ave. which has structures dating to 1892, according to a presentation on the proposed project. The town bought the vacant mill in 2015.

LendingTree, the online service that matches borrowers with lenders led by CEO Doug Lebda, said in 2016 that it planned to add more than 300 workers in its hometown, more than doubling its Charlotte presence over the next five years. The company currently has about 575 total employees, with 434 in Charlotte.

The company's stock was one of the best-performing of all companies last year as the company produced record revenue and expanded into new financial products.

Last year, it placed No. 3 on Fortune’s fastest-growing companies list.

Rick Rothacker: 704-358-5170, @rickrothacker
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