Concord Mills celebrates 20th anniversary

Concord Mills celebrates 20th anniversary
Local dignitaries gathered to celebrate the anniversary. (Source: Michael A, Anderson Photography)

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - One of the biggest tourist attractions and shopping centers in North Carolina celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday.

Concord Mills was opened in Concord in 1999.

“We’re excited to host special offers and promotions for our neighbors and visitors to enjoy as part of the 20th anniversary,” said Ray Soporowski, General Manager at Concord Mills. “Without this wonderful community and loyal shoppers, we would not have the opportunities to continue to grow, upgrade and thrive like we are today. Recognizing this, we wanted to create a celebration that included everyone and encouraged them to come see what’s new and beautiful at Concord Mills.”

The mall currently has 200 stores in a space of nearly 1.4 million square feet. The mall is responsible for 4,000 jobs and $20 million+ in sales taxes per year, as well as $26 million in property taxes since 1997.

Formerly owned and operated by The Mills Corporation, the mall is now part of the Simon Property Group.

The property officially opened on September 17, 1999 as home to the most popular shopping destinations, including Tommy Hilfiger and Brooks Brothers Factory Store. Additional trend-setting store fronts have since joined the center, creating a modern retail mix, including Coach Factory Store, Oakley Vault, kate spade new york, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, and Michael Kors. The center continues to grow, with Under Armor next to join the retail lineup, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

When Concord Mills opened, the mall offered 65 payphones, which have been replaced by more than 50 cell phone charging stations. Additional upgrades that were recently completed as part of a full-property renovation include new LED lighting and paint, additional soft seating and lounge areas, a completely overhauled Dining Pavilion with a wider variety of food vendor options, added valet services and exterior upgrades as well.

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