• First retailers open shop as Riverbend Village takes shape

    By: Jen Wilson, Charlotte Business Journal


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The first retailers are opening shop at a massive, mixed-use development in northwest Charlotte. At Riverbend Village, the Dunkin’ Donuts store is promoting grand-opening deals today, following its soft opening last week.

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    This location is one of about 50 new and remodeled Dunkin’ restaurants this year expected to receive the brand’s latest store design and technology features. That includes: a tap system for serving the restaurant chain’s cold drinks, from teas to nitro-infused coffee; a front-facing doughnut case that brings the display of sweet treats closer to customers; a focus on energy efficiency as well as modern materials and colors in the store’s design; and plans to soon add digital kiosks.

    The Taco Bell next door is open, too, a Dunkin’ employee says. And signs are up on several other spaces — a Harris Teeter fuel station, an AT&T store and a restaurant called Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers — which appear to be close to completion.

    Riverbend Village, led by Simpson Commercial Real Estate, covers more than 100 acres at the intersection of Brookshire Boulevard and Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, near Interstate 485 in the Mountain Island area.

    Read more and check out photos of the latest construction progress here

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