Hawthorne’s Pizza to anchor new retail building at Meridian Place development

A rendering of the planned retail building anchored by a Hawthorne’s Pizza at Meridian Place.
A rendering of the planned retail building anchored by a Hawthorne’s Pizza at Meridian Place.

Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar will anchor a new retail building at Meridian Place, the mixed-use development under construction on Charlotte’s east side, the developer said Monday.

The 4,800-square-foot pizza restaurant will take up about half of a planned 10,000-square-foot building near Conference Drive, and will have outdoor seating. The building is planned to start construction next month and open in the fall.

Roy Goode, the developer behind Meridian Place, said the restaurant will help attract other local businesses to the development on Monroe Road. In total, Goode hopes to build 100,000 square feet of commercial space at the development in addition to 260 apartments that recently opened, called M Station. Those apartments are now more than 50 percent leased.

“The addition of Hawthorne’s helps us in fulfilling one of the key aspects of what neighbors wanted to see at Meridian Place – a creative ‘sit-down restaurant’ where they could gather and enjoy a great meal, and a beer or glass of wine,” said Goode, in a statement. “Hawthorne’s is an ideal anchor for us to build upon as we add restaurants, shops and offices to Meridian Place and our evolving landscape.”

Charlotte-based Hawthorne’s is an independently owned and operated restaurant group with seven local locations.

“Meridian Place is the epicenter of a changing Monroe Road corridor and a catalyst,” said Michael Adams, partner and founder of Hawthorne’s, in a statement. Chris Wannamaker of Providence Commercial Real Estate Advisors represented Hawthorne’s in the deal. Susan Clements of Childress Klein represented the landlord.

Goode is developing Meridian Place at the site of the old Silver Oaks apartments, which he tore down in 2014.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo