All uptown roads open, though some major employers tell staff to stay home

Protesters are gone and major roads into and out of uptown Charlotte are open Thursday morning, after a night of riots that is prompting some major uptown employers like Bank of America and Duke Energy to tell their employees to stay home for the day.

The city’s business services, the LYNX light rail and the LYNX Goldline services will operate normal service Thursday. City employees worked over night to pry rocks out of the trolley tracks on East Trade Street.

Much of the damage to uptown was to the EpiCentre on East Trade Street, and a large law enforcement presence remained there early Thursday.

It’s unclear how many buildings were damaged in the Center City but windows were smashed, but windows were missing at the Sundries EpiCentre, CVS, Enso and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse. Windows were also smashed near the convention center including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, nearby Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn.

Many of the businesses called in window replacement crews over night.