King’s Square Shopping Center
ClientProvidence Group Capital
Scale8,704 square feet
King’s Square Shopping Center is located between Charlotte’s rapidly growing and historic Cherry neighborhood, and the Metropolitan, a modern mixed-use development. Small and unimpressive, the single height structure was the epitome of a traditional suburban strip mall. However, given its prime location, the small lot had a lot of untapped potential.
• Update and modernize the building’s exterior to attract higher-end tenants
• Develop a solution that allows businesses to remain open during construction
• Create a vibrant live-work-play aesthetic by adding outdoor seating
To allow businesses to stay open during construction, design elements were applied to the existing structure. Towers add a touch of visual interest and work to break up the old uniform look. Previously sporting an all brown color palette, the design team updated the building’s exterior using a modern colors and accents. To make room for a tenant with larger space needs, two store spaces were combined to turn the plaza from seven to six stores. By extending the building overhang outward, tenants now have additional outdoor space that can be used for seating, adding to the mall’s live-work-play aesthetic.
The renovation helped attract two new high-end tenants to the mall – Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, a fast-casual restaurant, and CycleBar, a premier indoor cycling studio. Existing tenants iColor Nails, Subway and Emperor Chinese Restaurant continued their relationship following the updates. The improvements also led to an increased rental rate per square foot.