What's In Store

Concord Mills to begin a major renovation in May

Rendering of Concord Mills’ renovated dining area
Rendering of Concord Mills’ renovated dining area Courtesy of Simon Malls

Concord Mills is getting a significant interior renovation, part of a growing number of malls investing in their properties to attract customers who are doing more of their shopping online.

The renovation will begin in May and wrap up by early 2017, according to a statement Wednesday from Simon Malls, which owns Concord Mills. Improvements will “create a brighter, more inviting atmosphere inside the center,” the company said.

Changes include a redesigned dining area with new seating, tables, tile flooring and LED lighting; four new lounge areas with new seating, enhanced Wi-Fi and chargers; valet parking and improved lighting and signage throughout the mall, Simon said.

“Concord Mills’ renovation is a highly-anticipated project for the community and further reflects Simon’s investment in the Charlotte market,” said Ray Soporowski, the mall’s general manager.

To minimize shopper disruption, the majority of the construction work will be done overnight while stores are closed, Soporowski added.

Total price tag of the project wasn’t immediately clear.

Experts say even successful malls need to invest in their properties to remain competitive, especially as shopper habits change and more transactions move online.

Other Charlotte-area malls have announced major construction projects recently. SouthPark mall, for example, finished up a major overhaul to its interior and exterior before the holidays. And the owners of Northlake Mall said earlier this year they are spending $50 million on a 200,000-square-foot addition that is scheduled to start in early 2017.

Concord Mills, near Interstate 85 in Concord, also recently said it’s adding three new restaurants: Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Chipotle. It has also added Steve Madden, Samsonite and Francesca’s stores recently.

Concord Mills is the largest outlet mall in North Carolina, with more than 200 stores.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta