SouthPark is an area edge city in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Its name is derived from the upscale SouthPark Mall, which opened on February 12, 1970. At nearly 1.8 million square feet, SouthPark Mall is the largest shopping mall in Charlotte and all of North Carolina. The area is geographically centered at the intersection of Fairview Road and Sharon Road in the south central sector of the city, about six miles south of Uptown Charlotte. In addition to being home to the mall, SouthPark is also a residential area and one of the larger business districts in Charlotte. SouthPark is typical of the mixed-use developments found in many larger cities. Seventeen photographs of the area around South Park and Phillips Place, taken in the year 2000, are displayed as part of an exhibit on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Story website.
Within the limits of SouthPark, the upscale SouthPark Mall features many high-end designers and boutiques such as Kate Spade, Burberry, Tiffany & Co, Kenneth Cole, American Girl, Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, and many others. SouthPark Mall is also anchored by Dillard's (formerly Ivey's), the flagship store for Belk, North Carolina's second Nordstrom, the state's only Neiman Marcus, and Macy's (formerly Hecht's). Dick's Sporting Goods and The Container Store serve as additional anchors at the mall. The Village at SouthPark, located adjacent to the Dillard's store, features Crate & Barrel, Design within Reach, and popular restaurants. Other shopping complexes such as Phillips Place are within a close radius to SouthPark Mall and feature a diverse mix of tenants including Taylor Richards & Conger, Allen Edmonds, Brooks Brothers, Orvis, and Restoration Hardware.
SouthPark is the most congested shopping area in the United States during Black Friday weekend.
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