One of Charlotte Center City Partners' biggest pushes is luring more retail to match the influx of people and office space uptown, and the economic development group is holding up 7th Street Public Market as an example of success.
The market opened in late 2011 opening and is now 100 percent leased, officials said at Center City Partners' meeting Thursday.
Sales grew 40 percent last year, and the multi-merchant market came in just under $3 million worth of sales for all vendors. There are a variety of stores at 7th Street Public Market, from a cheese vendor to a coffee shop to a bar with local beer.
The market is located in a former Reid's grocery store, and funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, Carolinas Medical Center, Center City Partners and other businesses (full list here).
Here are some other highlights:
- The market has installed a demo table, with eight classes or demonstrations planned for this month.
- There's a community room available to non-profits for free, and potentially for other groups to rent.
- The market is offering classes in small business capital funding, payroll and marketing, to further its role as a business incubator.