Retro Charlotte

Eckerd Drug and Woolworth on The Square

Liggett’s drug store (later Eckerd) at The Square, mid-1950's.
Liggett’s drug store (later Eckerd) at The Square, mid-1950's. The Charlotte Observer

The final corner of The Square was razed in 1989 to make way for the NCNB Corporate Center (now Bank of America Corporate Center and Founders Hall). These photos illustrate uptown Charlotte’s small scale before all the redevelopment! More at www.charlotteobserver.com, Full Menu/News/Retro Charlotte.

Staff writer Ted Mellnik reported on December 29, 1988:

“The Eckerd Drugs that overlooked The Square, the last store to sit on one of uptown Charlotte's oldest commercial corners, closed for good Wednesday. The building is scheduled to be torn down in coming months. Its corner eventually will become an open plaza in NCNB Corporate Center, a $300 million complex that will take a whole block at Trade and Tryon streets. Only a few small shops in the block will be left open by week's end.

“The giant Belk store there closed last summer. The final day for the F.W. Woolworth at 112 N. Tryon is Saturday. Christmas lights still burned in the Eckerd windows Wednesday night. The Eckerd corner is one of uptown Charlotte's most historic. Charlotte founder Thomas Polk lived there, and British generals made their headquarters there during the American Revolution. A drugstore has stood on the corner since the 1920s. Part of the current building opened in 1946. In the next few years, it was expanded and remodeled into today's two-story, 8,000-square-foot building. A newspaper at the time hailed it as ‘one of the most modern in the South. Its tile exterior, plate glass windows, air conditioning, fluorescent illumination . . . place it in a class of its own.’”

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