East Charlotte Welcomes the Southern Christmas Show – for the 48 Year!

East Charlotte has been home to the Southern Christmas Show for the past 48 years! For many people it is a holiday tradition. This year, the show will run from November 11 – 22 and the producers expect more than … Continue reading

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Retail Returns to Independence Boulevard in East Charlotte

One of the selling points for any retail site is the about of car traffic that passes by the location. According to the NCDOT, 77,000 cars a day currently travel through the section of US Highway 74 or Independence Boulevard … Continue reading

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Coliseum Center Redevelopment in Focus

If you’ve been on Independence Boulevard recently, you may have noticed new, large signs from The Nichols Company touting redevelopment opportunities at the long-suffering Coliseum Center. The opening of the new Walmart in an adjacent property and the realignment of the … Continue reading

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Independence Boulevard Hopes and Dreams

Tim Long’s recent post on Charlotte Agenda about the appearance of Independence Boulevard inspired me to share my perspective. … In 1996 I was a second year student at UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to learning how to do keg stands … Continue reading

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Your Chance to Own a Piece of East Charlotte History

Renovations are underway at Bojangles’ Coliseum in east Charlotte. The renovations include replacing the old seats with new ones. You can own a piece of east Charlotte history by buying a seat! … Continue reading

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Charlotte EAST Welcomes Conn’s HomePlus to East Charlotte

The Charlotte Observer reports that Conn’s HomePlus will open a new store in the Independence Shopping Center at 5704 E. Independence Blvd at the end of October. The Texas-based retailer recently opened a Charlotte location in the University area and … Continue reading

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New Residential In-fill Construction in East Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood Neighborhood

Yesterday we shared about how hot the residential real estate market has become in east Charlotte. Building on that, I wanted to share about a new residential project I learned about recently. Driving down Independence Blvd a few weeks ago, I … Continue reading

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East Charlotte’s Bojangles’ Coliseum Begins Renovations

Bojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 East Independence Boulevard in east Charlotte, is just minutes from Center City. The landmark building opened in 1955 as Charlotte’s first coliseum featuring the largest unsupported steel dome in the world.  It served as the region’s major sports … Continue reading

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East Charlotte Grows Green with American Beauty Garden Center

American Beauty Garden Center, a retail garden center specializing in all aspects of sustainable indoor and outdoor gardening including nutrients, lighting, hydroponics and filtration recently opened a new store at 4400 Independence Blvd. A grand opening is scheduled for July … Continue reading

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Independence Boulevard Widening

The recent opening of the final section of the interstate 485 loop around Charlotte after almost 30 years of construction brings to mind other long-term road projects in Charlotte region. In east Charlotte, we’ve been contending with the impacts of … Continue reading

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