Crosland Announces New Retailers for Blakeney and Blakeney Crossing

Crosland LLC, one of the Southeast’s leading diversified real estate firms, announces six new retailers set to open at the upscale shopping center plazas Blakeney and Blakeney Crossing. Jos. A. Bank, TCBY, Le Cookery and PJ’s Designs will join the mix of Blakeney restaurants and retailers later this year. Celebrating its grand opening, bevello, a woman’s clothing boutique, opened its doors at Blakeney in early July. Also joining Blakeney Crossing will be City Cigar Co. and Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza this fall.

Jos. A. Bank (3,765 sf), a retailer of fine apparel for men, is expected to open at Blakeney in early fall.
With a heritage of quality and workmanship, an extensive selection of beautifully made, classically-styled, tailored and casual clothing, and prices typically 20 to 30 percent below competitors, Jos. A. Bank is not just another menswear retailer. This upscale retailer offers customers an expert staff of sales professionals who prize service and customer satisfaction.
Jos A. Bank has more than 475 stores nationwide and offers customers toll-free ordering from any of their four seasonal catalogs 24-hours-a-day, seven–days-a-week.

“Having an exclusive men’s retailer such as Jos. A. Bank’s caliber join Blakeney is truly exciting as it further expands the shopping center’s offerings and clientele,” said Susan McGuire, Crosland’s senior vice president of retail.

After browsing the racks throughout the shopping center, Blakeney customers can take advantage of a tasty treat at TCBY (1,657 sf), which will open its doors later this year. Founded in 1981, the Country’s Best Yogurt is known for innovative yogurt flavors and exciting new products. Today, the famous dessert shop offers a selection diverse enough to appeal to just about everyone. From signature soft-serve yogurt to new, fruit and yogurt packed smoothies; the choices are perfect for a healthier, active and balanced lifestyle.

Amateur chefs and culinary experts alike will love Le Cookery (2,011 sf), which plans to open early fall. Owners Charles & Laurel Greif are expanding their Hilton Head Island-based business and opening a second location in Blakeney. The retailer will offer the bestquality kitchen small appliances, cutlery, tableware, stemware, bakeware, cookware and other kitchen accessories to Blakeney customers. As an exclusive authorized dealer for top kitchen vendors both nationally and internationally, LeCookery will carry products from companies such as Viking, Vietri, Juliska, All-Clad, J.A. Henckels, Swiss Diamond, Intrada, Culinary Institute of America, ClickClack and many more. The retailer will also provide gift and bridal registry options as well as an experienced, professional and knowledgeable staff that is ready to assist customers with all their kitchen needs.

Also coming soon to Blakeney is PJ’s Designs (1,604 sf), a home furnishings retailer specializing in furniture, window coverings, artwork, lamps and other home accessories.

bevello (2,119 sf) opened its second Charlotte-area location in Blakeney on July 9. The boutique offers an eclectic selection of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories by brands such as Max & Cleo, BCBGeneration, Dolce Vita, TOMS, Sam Edelman, Citizens of Humanity, William Rast, Rock & Republic, RYU, GLAM, Voom an VaVa by Joy Han, Esley, Theme, Aryn K. and more. bevello’s fashion-forward styles in women’s clothing and accessories are sure to make each customer feel stylish, confident and one step ahead of the trend.
Customers of bevello should expect nothing less than a unique love-centric fashion experience. When shopping at bevello, customers should feel beautiful and loved. The retailer’s name is derived from the Italian word “bella” which means “beautiful” mixed with a little “love.” bevello’s logo is “bve,” thoughtfully designed to be read as both an abbreviation for “bevello” and “love.” It is the retailer’s mission to help you dress your best and feel your best wherever you go.

“Blakeney is the only high-end life style shopping center that I considered in South Charlotte,” said owner Chan Namgong, who owns three other bevello stores throughout North Carolina. “It has great co-tenants, and it has created a unique shopping experience where families can come out and eat and shop at the same time. I love its summer concert series and many events that bring communities together.”
Blakeney Crossing

Joining Blakeney Crossing is City Cigar Co. (1,104 sf) which is expected to open in early September. Owners Todd and Linda McCranie, who have been in business in Charlotte for more than 30 years and operate two other full-line tobacco shops in the area, feel City Cigar Co. is a different concept from their existing stores. The retail shop will sell cigars and related accessories, but with a more focused offering – reminiscent of the old-time cigar shop. City Cigar Co. will feature a large walk-in Spanish cedar humidor stocked with a wide selection of cigars. In addition, the retailer will stock lighters, cutters and humidors – all accompanied by a very knowledgeable and professional staff.

Also opening in September is Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza (1,290 sf). The pizzeria, named Best Pizza Chain in Americayear after year by Restaurants and Institutions Consumers’ Choice in Chains 2009, specializes in custom pizzas made before the customer’s eyes. Shoppers can choose a favorite Papa Murphy’s pizza or create their own custom pizza – selecting the crust, the sauce and the toppings – to be made right before them with only the finest ingredients. The menu boasts a varied selection of Signature, Stuffed, Gourmet and Thin Crust deLITE® pizzas accompanied by a Cheesy Bread appetizer, nutritious salads and delicious desserts such as handmade take ‘n’ bake chocolate chip cookie dough.

Papa Murphy’s has established itself as the largest Take ‘N’ Bake pizza company in the world — and is now the fifth-largest pizza company in the United States with more than 1,150 stores in 35 states.
About Blakeney

Blakeney is a 270-acre multi-use development two miles outside I-485, zoned for 495,000 square feet of retail to include a mix of local and national retailers with a signature retail component of specialty shops, as well as casual and upscale dining. Crosland’s retail, land development, office, apartments and contracting divisions are all involved in Blakeney, which encompasses four quadrants at the intersection of Rea and Ardrey-Kell roads – key thoroughfares connecting southern Mecklenburg and Union counties. The pedestrian-friendly community links retail, office, residential and recreational amenities through a network of sidewalks and trails, highlighted by preserved greenways and a two-acre park.
About Blakeney Crossing

Located at the corner of Ardrey Kell and Rea Roads, Blakeney Crossing boasts 87,000 square feet of retail space for shops, restaurants and services. Anchoring the center are national retailers Best Buy and PetSmart. Previously announced shops include Winestore, Asian Fusion, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and Omaha Steaks.
About Crosland

Founded in 1937, Crosland is one of the most prominent diversified real estate companies in the Southeast and is recognized as a leading community builder. Its expertise in retail, multifamily, office, land development, and general contracting enables it to be an innovator in multi- and mixed-use development.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Crosland has offices in Raleigh, Orlando, Tampa and Nashville, and develops, builds and manages properties in the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The privately held company’s asset portfolio and current projects have a market value exceeding $1 billion. For more detail, visit

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