Carolina Place Mall is a shopping mall located in Pineville, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. This mall was planned over 30 years before it opened, as the original location of SouthPark Mall. The Belk and Ivey's families bought the land for $8.5 million, but decided it was too far away from town. Ivey's eventually sold all the land to Belk after SouthPark was built, and in the mid 1980s the planning of Carolina Place, as it is known today, began.
The mall opened in 1991 with four anchor stores, Belk, Dillard's (Ivey's had just been bought out by Dillard's), J.C. Penney and Sears. At the time, Belk closed their 75+ year-old store in uptown Charlotte and JC Penney closed their 35-year-old store at Park Road Shopping Center. There were two more anchor pads available, one for Rich's and the other for Miller & Rhoads. However, neither of these stores joined the mall. In 1993, Hecht's (now Macy's) opened its doors as the 5th anchor store to the mall, making Carolina Place Mall the only mall in the region with 5 department store anchors at that time.
Today it is a super-regional center. Its proximity to South Carolina draws many shoppers from that state. The mall is managed by General Growth Properties. Barnes & Noble, REI, and Harper's Restaurant joined the mall on its sixth anchor pad in an outdoor portion slated in August 2006. In 2006, Hecht's was replaced by Macy's.
Anchors & Majors
Barnes & Noble (31,414 sq ft (3,000 m²))
Belk (173,600 sq ft (17,990 m²))
Dillard's (175,300 sq. ft.)
Sears (157,800 sq. ft.)
JCPenney (119,760 sq. ft.)
Macy's (147,200 sq. ft.)