Hamrick’s leaving Plaza Fiesta near Carowinds

dworthington@heraldonline.comDecember 3, 2013 


Plaza Fiesta, located on Carrowinds Blvd. off I-77 in Fort Mill on the S.C.-N.C. border, has had a slow start in sales due to the economy. Shop owners at the mall say that many Latinos come to walk around and eat, but not many people are buying.


— Hamrick’s clothing store has been told by mall owners it must vacate its Plaza Fiesta location near Carowinds.

“We’re not happy, but our hands are tied,” Hamrick’s spokeswoman Hayden Trnavsky said Tuesday.

Mall management told Hamrick’s of the decision last week. The store’s 35 employees were informed Monday, she said.

“The decision to close was not our own and we are very disappointed. Fort Mill customers have always been very loyal and we have always appreciated the patronage,” said Barry Hamrick, president and chief executive officer of Hamrick’s.

Trnavsky said a January closing is likely, but no firm date has been set.

A lease agreement recently given to tenants and landlords allows them to terminate a lease after Dec. 31, provided they give 30 days written notice to the other party.

Hamrick’s has been open in the Fort Mill area near the state line for 20 years. Trnavsky said the store is looking for a new location, possibly in Rock Hill.

Hamrick’s occupied the largest retail space in Plaza Fiesta, about 30,000 square feet. The space made it one of the smaller Hamrick’s stores, Trnavsky said. The average Hamrick’s store is between 40,000 and 45,000 square feet.

Hamrick’s, a family-owned retail clothing store, operates 20 locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia. The closest Hamrick’s store to the area after the closure at Plaza Fiesta will be in Gastonia, N.C.

Plaza Fiesta has had several owners since it opened as CrossRoads Mall/Outlet Marketplace in the mid-1990s. In 2007, Capital City Development of Atlanta purchased the property, planning to create a shopping center with a Hispanic theme.

Houston-based Boxer Property managed Plaza Fiesta for more than a year, after the shopping center went into foreclosure. The lender, BB&T, hired Boxer to run it after taking control of the shopping center.

In 2011, Miami-based Rialto Capital Management LLC purchased the property for $6.35 million, according to public records.

Calls to Rialto for comment Tuesday were referred to Lennar, which owns Rialto. Management at Plaza Fiesta could not be reached for comment.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066 The Charlotte Observer contributed to this story

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