Charlotte Metropolitan Mall Signs New Tenants

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Metropolitan in Midtown Charlotte has new tenants: Clean Your Dirty Face, European Wax Center and Open Rice, property manager Northwood Investors LLC said.

Northwood Investors

A Midtown mall is adding three retailers, including an expanding Charlotte restaurant slated to open in the fall.

Metropolitan’s new tenants are: beauty salon Clean your dirty face, European Wax Center and Open riceproperty manager and private equity firm Northwood Investors LLC said Tuesday in a press release. The mixed-use development at 1111 Metropolitan Ave. is anchored by Trader Joe’s, Best Buy and Marshalls.

“These two new locations build on the momentum of signing Open Rice,” said Jonathan Stewart, vice president of leasing for Northwood Retail.

This will be Open Rice’s second location in Charlotte. Expect more traditional Cantonese dishes at the new location, according to Northwood Investors. It was Charlotte’s first restaurant with bubble waffles on the menu, a Hong Kong dessert consisting of ice cream, toppings and drizzles, CharlotteFive previously reported.

New retailers open at Metropolitan

Clean your dirty face will open this summer, according to the company’s website.

The seven-year-old Chicago-based beauty salon offers several services, including 30-minute facials. Franchise owner and Charlotte native Swati Patel will open the new store in a 1,223 square foot space near Dressler’s Restaurant.

“I’ve seen the incredible growth of the city and watched Metropolitan develop. It’s a great center and a solid location,” Patel said.

Another location is at 532 Governor Morrison St. in SouthPark.

European Wax Center will open in the fall in a 1,140 square foot space near Eat The Frog Fitness. The Texas-based chain offers body and facial hair removal services. Dipali Patel is the owner of the franchise. This will be the 13th European wax center in the Charlotte area.

Open rice will open across from the Modern Salon & Spa and the Midtown Ballroom. This is the second location in Charlotte, after the first restaurant opened three years ago at 9882 Rea Road in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Open Rice, owned by Hong Kong native Jason Cheung, serves Asian street food and comfort food such as roast duck, noodle dishes and kimchi fried rice. Other items on the menu include Vietnamese coffee and Hong Kong milk tea, as well as wine, craft beer, and sake.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is a retail journalist for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she has worked for several newspapers and McClatchy for over a decade.

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