South End sees growth as Publix announces new store

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -  Small-business owners in Charlotte's South End are rejoicing over a major retailer that's moving into the neighborhood.

Eyewitness News learned Friday a national grocery store and a new shopping center will open up in South End.

South End is full of hard-working small-business owners. Some of them opened up here believing that this area was poised for growth and development -- and some say that's finally starting to happen.

"It's been a tough year. Anybody opening a new business has gone through it and understands we have a tough proposition," said Scott MacCabe, Savory Spice store owner.

He said he could have opened his specialty store in a more developed area, but chose South End because he saw promise here.

"It was a gamble opening up in the area," he said. "There are areas where you know you're going to get people coming and areas you know you have to draw people into."

Over the past few months, he's watched his hopes for South End come to light.

Last week, Eyewitness News reported more than 2,400 units under construction in South End -- an economic impact of more than $200 million.

Publix supermarket has announced it will build a store. A shopping center, The Shops at South Line, will also spring up here, bringing in hundreds of people to shop at existing businesses.

"Those that took the chance and opportunity to say, 'I want to move into this area,' they're starting to reap the benefits of that," said Charlotte councilwoman Lawana Mayfield

Mayfield said the Publix store decided to come without asking for any incentives from the city.