SouthPark (Charlotte neighborhood)

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SouthPark area in Charlotte with the Piedmont Center complex and part of the east side of SouthPark Mall

SouthPark is a large neighborhood and edge city in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Its name is derived from the upscale SouthPark Mall, which opened on February 12, 1970.[1] At nearly 1.8 million square feet, SouthPark Mall is the largest shopping mall in Charlotte and all of North Carolina.

The area is geographically centered at the intersection of Fairview Road and Sharon Road in the south central sector of the city, about six miles south of Uptown Charlotte. In addition to being home to the mall, SouthPark is also a residential area and one of the largest business districts in Charlotte and the state of North Carolina, with an estimated 40,000 employees.[2] Some place SouthPark akin to Atlanta's Perimeter Center district.

History[edit]

The neighborhood was once a part of a 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) farm owned by former North Carolina Governor Cameron Morrison.[2] Directly adjacent to SouthPark Mall is Morrison Boulevard, which connects SouthPark with the Barclay Downs neighborhood.

Transportation infrastructure[edit]

Mass transit[edit]

Charlotte Area Transit System bus lines #18 & #20 serve SouthPark. Access is provided by the bus lines to several LYNX Blue Line stations.

Roads[edit]

Fairview Road (which turns into Tyvola Road), Colony Road, Park Road, Sharon Road, Sharon Lane, and Morrison Boulevard are important thoroughfares in SouthPark. Interstate 77 also serves SouthPark via Tyvola Road.

Economy[edit]

SouthPark is the home to the Fortune 300 company Nucor, as well as Dixon Hughes Goodman, National Gypsum, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, AmWINS Group, Carolinas AGC and Piedmont Natural Gas. Fluor, Bank of America Mortgage, First Citizens Bank, SunTrust Banks [3] and CSX have major divisional operations located in SouthPark.

Shopping[edit]

Within the limits of SouthPark, the upscale SouthPark Mall features many high-end designers and boutiques such as Kate Spade, Burberry, Tiffany & Co, Hermès, Kenneth Cole, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Cole Haan, and many others. SouthPark Mall is also anchored by Dillard's, the flagship store for Belk, North Carolina's second Nordstrom, the state's only Neiman Marcus, and Macy's (formally Hecht's). Dick's Sporting Goods and The Container Store serve as additional anchors at the mall. The Village at SouthPark recently opened adjacent to the Dillard's store. The Village at South Park features Crate & Barrel, Design within Reach, and popular restaurants. Other shopping complexes such as Phillips Place are within a close radius to SouthPark Mall and feature a diverse mix of tenants including Allen Edmonds, Brooks Brothers, Orvis, Restoration Hardware, and Dean and Deluca.

SouthPark is the most congested shopping area in the United States during Black Friday weekend.[4][5]

Healthcare[edit]

Carolinas Medical Center, owned and operated by Carolinas Healthcare System, serves SouthPark and surrounding areas. Carolinas Healthcare System recently opened a new medical office complex within SouthPark featuring a medical office tower. Local community hospitals also serve SouthPark and its outlying areas.

Education and libraries[edit]

School systems[edit]

Residents of SouthPark attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including South Mecklenburg High School and Myers Park High School.

Libraries[edit]

SouthPark is served by the Morrison branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.[6]

Sites of interest[edit]

  • Morrocroft Mansion
  • The architecturally notable Rotunda Building is located in SouthPark.
  • The Symphony Park amphitheater at SouthPark[7] is home to Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops concerts.
  • SouthPark Mall hosts an annual Christmas tree lighting on or around Thanksgiving Day.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 35°09′06.27″N 80°49′22.56″W / 35.1517417°N 80.8229333°W / 35.1517417; -80.8229333