Concord Mills

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Concord Mills
LocationConcord, North Carolina, United States
Opening dateSeptember 9, 1999
DeveloperMills Corporation
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services200[1]
No. of anchor tenants15
Total retail floor area1,334,000 square feet (123,933 m2)[2]
No. of floors1

Concord Mills is a nearly 1.4-million-square-foot[2] shopping mall located in Concord, North CarolinaCoordinates: 35°22′10.04″N 80°43′20.60″W / 35.3694556°N 80.7223889°W / 35.3694556; -80.7223889. The mall is in Cabarrus County, just a few hundred feet from the Mecklenburg County border, and about 12 miles (19 km) from Uptown Charlotte. It is one of two malls in Concord, the other being Carolina Mall. Formerly operated by the Mills Corporation, it is now owned by Simon Property Group. It is North Carolina's largest tourist attraction, attracting 17.6 million visitors in 2005.[1] The mall is located about a mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Major stores[edit]

Like many of the Mills Corporation's other shopping malls, Concord Mills is composed mainly of outlet stores, big box stores, and entertainment venues. Anchor stores include AMC Theatres, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy (Former Circuit City), Books-A-Million, Burlington Coat Factory, Dave & Buster's (former Jillian's), Forever 21 (former FYE), Camille La Vie (former Group USA), H&M (former Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue), Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium (Former NASCAR Speedway), Sun & Ski Sports, The Children's Place, and VF Outlet.[2]

Other stores include Nike Factory Store, The LEGO Store, American Eagle Outfitters, Finish Line, Inc., Old Navy Outlet, Express, F.Y.E., T.J. Maxx, Hot Topic, and The Disney Store Outlet.

It also includes a motion simulator and a food court which included the first Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

Surrounding area[edit]

Originally a wooded area west of Interstate 85 prior to the mall's opening in 1999, the Concord Mills retail district has rapidly expanded. Concord Mills Boulevard, the main road that runs near the mall, is lined with dozens of restaurants, stores, hotels, and car dealerships, with many new establishments opening each year. Other major attractions around the mall include the Great Wolf Lodge of Concord, which also attracts many out-of-town tourists. The Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMax Dragway are about a mile away.

2000 construction fire[edit]

On August 21, 2000 on a construction site near Concord Mills, a natural gas pipeline ruptured sending flames to heights of about 100 feet (30 m).[3] As a result of the explosion, law enforcement officials closed local roads around the mall and Interstate 85 around rush hour (4 p.m.); the roads were reopened one hour later after the situation was contained. The event received national network television coverage and news helicopters provided much of the video shown on national television.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b London, Ashley M. (2006-04-21). "Concord Mills keeps rolling as parent struggles". Charlotte Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  2. ^ a b c "Ann Taylor Factory opens at Concord Mills mall". Charlotte Business Journal. American City Business Journals. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  3. ^ "Construction explosion rattles mall |". August 21, 2000. Retrieved 2015-06-17.

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