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Charlotte’s commercial real estate market is in lock step with the national trend toward adaptive reuse (AdRu), the concept of taking industrial and other older buildings and giving them new life as creative office spaces, shops, restaurants and bars. According to the Charlotte Observer, developers and corporations are choosing to buy these former industrial properties for investment purposes or for company headquarters, in large part due to their historic character, cool factor and creative vibe.
Several recent and upcoming projects are evidence of this growing AdRu trend:
- Communications and Marketing firm Wray Ward is retrofitting a 1950’s-era industrial building for its new company headquarters.
- Ally Bank opened an “innovation studio” in a re-purposed factory building.
- Duke Energy put its “innovation center” in Optimist Hall, a former pantyhose factory in NoDa.
- Two new restaurants are in development, one in an old church and the other in a 119-year-old former mill house.
This trend is not limited to Southend, NoDa, Plaza Midwood and FreeMoreWest, all neighborhoods that have experienced a rebirth in the last decade or two. AdRu is alive and well in Mint Hill in The Lofts at 7714.
Located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill, the property was originally built in 1945 as the Kingcraft Hosiery Mill. When the textile mill closed in 1962, it became the home of a Formica countertop manufacturer until 1992, at which point it converted to warehouse use until a decade ago when its retrofitting began.
Re-branded as The Lofts at 7714 in 2012, this Mint Hill AdRu project has been an incubator for local small businesses ever since. It consists of 10 unique spaces, each of which enjoys elements of the buildings industrial and historic past, features that engender creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
As the only mill property in downtown Mint Hill, amidst a backdrop of new commercial development projects, The Lofts at 7714 is a one-of-kind commercial space just outside of Charlotte proper and minutes from I-485, in one of the few areas left in Charlotte that still has significant land available for new residential development.
It’s spring at The Lofts at 7714 and JMMT Partnership is pleased to announce multiple lease renewals. Five tenant leases were expiring this spring and all have renewed, extending their occupancy in this retrofitted mill property located in downtown Mint Hill. We are pleased that the following tenants will continue to call The Lofts at 7714 their commercial home:
- Mint Hill Yoga (Suite E): A tenant since 2012, owner Bettie Shea provides a variety of yoga classes and private lessons, all with the mantra – Yoga for Every Body.
- Vintage on the Hill (Suite I): Find refinished and re-purposed furniture and unique home goods at this retail store located in the back lot of The Lofts at 7714.
- McLeod Associates Architect (Suite G): Long-time local architect Max McLeod specializes in church designs.
- Rick Rorie Design Assistance (Suite H): Another Mint Hill entrepreneur, Rick Rorie provides drafting and photography services.
- Summit Environment (Suites J-K): This locally-managed firm provides commercial locating and surveying services.
Stop in The Lofts at 7714 today and visit these and our other tenants, including Bull Moose Guns (Suite A), purveyor of vintage military items; Spotlight Performing Arts Academy (Suite B), Mint Hill’s premier spot for music, voice and drama lessons; and Pottery 51 (Suite C), a cooperative of local clay artists who work and display their artwork in their studio space.
Find The Lofts at 7714 at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. Parking is available in the front lot for Suites A through C, and in the back lot for Suites E through K.
The Town of Mint Hill, in which The Lofts at 7714 is located, is transforming from a sleepy town into a thriving hub of commercial and residential activity just outside of Charlotte.
The Town of Mint Hill’s website calls it “the perfect setting for business owners and professionals seeking a prosperous, vibrant, thriving community for doing business.” It also boasts the following rankings: 12th on “America’s Top 12 Power Suburbs” and 13th in the “Safest Places in North Carolina.” It lists the median household income as 32 percent higher than the national average.
The downtown business district primarily extends from Lawyers Road to Highway 218. Along that stretch, visitors will find the recently completed Town Hall, along with several completed and under-construction new commercial developments. Sprinkled throughout the new development are Mint Hill fixtures, properties that proudly represent Mint Hill’s deeply rooted rural past. These include the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, a living history museum operated by the Mint Hill Historical Society, and the Woof ‘n Hoof, Mint Hill’s long-time pet and feed store. Both lend charm and context to this growing Charlotte suburb.
The Lofts at 7714 also counts itself among Mint Hill’s historic fixtures. Developed in 1945, this 18,810 square foot, brick-front building originally housed the King Craft hosiery mill, employing 40 local residents. Retrofitted into 10 distinct commercial spaces and re-branded as The Lofts at 7714 in 2010, this former-mill-turned-multi-use-commercial-property continues to employ local residents, as well as provide a space for local small businesses and entrepreneurs to start and grow their ventures.
Located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, visit The Lofts at 7714’s vibrant tenant community today.
Just across from the Carl J. McEwen Historical Village on Matthews-Mint Hill Road sits another historically important building from Mint Hill’s past – – the former King Craft Hosiery Mill, now known as The Lofts at 7714.
According to a 1945 article in the Charlotte News, the newly constructed building was set to house 45 gauge machines and employ 40 local residents to process its textiles. Operation was set to begin September 1 of that same year.
King Craft continued to operate through 1962, at which point the building was sold to the Healy family, whose descendants still own it today. After an extended period of manufacturing and warehouse use, the property began its latest reincarnation in 2010 as distinctive commercial spaces for local small businesses.
Today, The Lofts at 7714 is the home to these eight small businesses, the majority of which are owned by local Mint Hill residents:
- Bull Moose Guns specializes in vintage military firearms and paraphernalia.
- Spotlight Performing Arts Academy offers voice, theater and musical instrument classes, as well as puts on plays and musicals for the local community.
- Pottery 51 is a cooperative of local clay artists who exhibit their work on-site and offer pottery classes.
- Mint Hill Yoga offers Yoga for Every Body.
- Rick Rorie Design and Photography provides architectural drafting and photography services.
- McLeod Associates Architect provides design services for churches and other planned buildings.
- Vintage on the Hill’s showroom features refurbished furniture and other unique home goods.
- Summit Environmental provides locating and surveying services.
Throughout its 74-year history, this 18,810 square foot building has been a mainstay in the local economy, providing opportunities for local entrepreneurs and jobs for local residents. That tradition continues today at The Lofts at 7714.
For more information about the history of this former mill property, visit https://theloftsat7714.com/the-mills-history/.
Mark your calendar! One week from today on August 27th, Vintage on the Hill will host one of its popular “Ladies Night” events from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will take place in the store located in The Lofts at 7714 at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill.
Enjoy food, beverages and company at this open house while you browse this unique retail spot’s latest home decor merchandise. Vintage on the Hill is now displaying a wide variety of Autumn and Halloween items. They are also fully stocked for Christmas. So whether you are want a head start on holiday gifts or decorations, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
Vintage on the Hill Also Extends its Lease
In case you can’t make Vintage on the Hill’s Ladies Night on August 27, don’t worry. They have renewed their lease in The Lofts at 7714 through March 31, 2019.
The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by any time during business hours to browse their home goods, discuss a furniture refinishing project or sign up for a furniture painting class.
Directions and Parking
The Lofts at 7714 is located right on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, diagonally across from the Mint Hill Historical Society. Pull into the driveway
beside Woof n Hoof and follow it to the back parking lot. Vintage on the Hill is located in Suite I, which is directly accessible from that lot.
For more information about Vintage on the Hill, visit their website at www.vintageonthehillnc.com or follow them on facebook.
JMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714, is excited to announce that Spotlight Performing Arts Academy has renewed its lease in Suite B for another year. The premier performing arts school originally moved into this retrofitted mill property in the summer of 2012, and it has been providing individual and group classes in voice, theatre, and various musical instruments ever since.
Upcoming Events at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy
- August 11 at 7 p.m.: The students at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy will perform Sweeney Todd to a sold out audience.
- August 20 and 23 at 7 p.m.: The school will host open auditions for its next live production, Shrek the Musical, for students aged 9 through 21, which will be performed November 30-December 2 and December 7-9. For more information about the auditions, click here.
- Fall Classes: Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is currently registering for fall classes. Sign up today for individual lessons or choose from the following group classes: Jr. Show Choir, Spotlight’s Show Choir, My Time to Shine, Production Class, and Creative Dramatics.
Spotlight also has a program specifically designed for Home School students. For more information about this or any of the upcoming events at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy visit its website at http://www.spotlightacademyonline.com.
In two and a half months, the 1,400 square foot Suite I in The Lofts at 7714 in downtown Mint Hill is coming available for commercial lease. It could be your business’ next commercial home.
Take a peek at Mint Hill’s only surviving textile mill, which has been retrofitted into The Lofts at 7714. Located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road it consists of 10 unique commercial spaces, ranging in size from 215 to 3,600 square feet. All 10 are currently leased, but on October 1st a rare vacancy opens up – – Suite I located in the rear of the property.
All tenants have the option to have their name listed on The Lofts at 7714 sign located at the front of the property. Suite I is featured as the top spot on the “Rear Entrance” side of the sign, as it is the largest of all the non street-front spaces. Vintage on the Hill, a retail shop offering home decor and refurbished furniture is the current tenant, but will be moving out as of September 30.
All Rear Entrance spaces are accessed from the back parking lot. Suite I is the only Rear Entrance space to enjoy its on private external entrance, just off the deck and patio.
Tenants of Suite I can hang a sign on their door, as well as on the exterior wall outside their space for visibility. In addition, Suite I features a small garage door with a sliding glass door overlay. When the garage door is up, natural light spills into the space.
Inside the building, all tenants have access to and use of the common area, which features a dining table and chairs, plus a refrigerator that can be used for snack and lunch breaks.
In addition to its private exterior entrance, Suite I is also accessible from inside the building via two doors along a side corridor, which features what remains of the mill’s original exterior brick wall.
For more information or to schedule a tour of The Lofts at 7714 and Suite I, contact JMMT Managing Partners as follows:
- Margy Pettit at email@example.com
- Mary Crotty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for commercial space in the greater Charlotte area? Consider Mint Hill with its more affordable rates and small town feel, just minutes from Charlotte. And right now, there is a rare opening coming available in The Lofts at 7714, Mint Hill’s only textile mill that has been retrofitted into 10 commercial spaces.
Suite I is a 1,400 square foot space with an open floor plan. It features its own private exterior entrance to the building’s rear parking lot, as well as two internal entrances that lead to the common areas of the building. Its concrete floor and exposed ceiling lend an industrial chic vibe to this space, which will be available as of October 1, 2018.
The Lofts at 7714 is located in the heart of Mint Hill’s downtown business district at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road and just minutes from I-485. All tenants have the opportunity to have their name included on the building’s wayfinding sign at the front of the property to help visitors find them.
For more information about Suite I, email JMMT Managing Partners:
- Mary Crotty at email@example.com, or
- Margy Pettit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visual Tour of Suite I
Suite I’s open floor plan is perfect for many business types. It is currently home to the retail shop, Vintage on the Hill, but it has also been leased as office space for tenants who wanted a commercial home that creates a collaborative environment.
(Please note that the space has since been painted. Updated photos to follow soon.)
- The space when empty and showing the two interior doors. The right door is double-wide for moving large furniture or equipment in and out of the space.
- With work spaces shown from various angles. The second picture shows the small garage door located in the space.
- The garage door opens to a sliding glass door, which provides natural light to the space.
Spaces in The Lofts at 7714 don’t stay on the market long. If you are looking for a new commercial home, contact us today.
As we celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence this week, The Lofts at 7714 also celebrates the independence of small business ownership and entrepreneurship.
This retrofitted 1945 building, originally used as Mint Hill’s only textile mill, is now home to eight small to medium-sized businesses, which are all owned and/or operated by local Mint Hill residents.
Stop by The Lofts at 7714 and see what these small businesses have to offer you.
Street-front businesses (accessible from the front parking lot):
Retail businesses located inside (accessible from the back parking lot):
Other businesses located inside (accessible from the back parking lot):
- Rick Rorie Photography and Design in Suites F and H
- McLeod Associates Architect in Suite G
- Summit Environmental in Suites J and K
Directions to The Lofts at 7714
The Lofts at 7714 is located in the heart of Mint Hill’s business center on Highway 51. Visit us at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Parking is available in the front lot, along the side by the Woof n Hoof (please parallel park to the right for traffic to flow through on the left) and in the back lot.
In the past, this historic building hummed with textile and manufacturing machinery. Today, it hums with a variety of activities for the residents of Mint Hill and surrounding areas.
Built in 1945, the building now known as The Lofts at 7714 was and is Mint Hill’s only mill property, and it is now home to a vibrant tenant community of local small businesses.
Browse and Shop at The Lofts at 7714
At the street-front level, peruse the work of the local clay artists of Pottery 51. This non-profit cooperative of artists has unique finds for your home decor or gift giving needs on display in its gallery, which is open when the flag is flying.
Or stop in Bull Moose Guns, which specializes in rare and antique firearms and military memorabilia, including WWI and WWII-era items. Bull Moose Guns is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drive around to the rear entrance of The Lofts at 7714 to stop into Vintage on the Hill. This shop sells a variety of home decor items in addition to offering furniture refinishing services and custom-built pieces. Vintage on the Hill is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take a Class at The Lofts at 7714
Looking for a great place to try or return to a yoga practice. Mint Hill Yoga offers a variety of classes, including gentle yoga and curvy yoga.
Or if music instruction is on your mind, check out Spotlight Performing Arts Academy. They offer 30- and 60-minute private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, percussion, banjo, mandolin, brass, woodwinds, and strings.
Vintage on the Hill offers furniture painting classes. Call 704-808-0227 for more information. In addition, Rick Rorie Photography is hoping to begin offering photography classes in the near future. And finally, Bull Moose Guns offers a Concealed Carry Course. This summer, there are three classes available: June 10, July 8, or August 5.
Find a Summer Camp at The Lofts at 7714
Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is offering seven summer camps this year. Choose from the Summer Stock series, which includes Into the Woods, Jr.; Aladdan, Jr.; Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.; and Disney’s Cinderella, Kids. The school also offers Into the Spotlight, Find Your Voice, and Broadway Bootcamp.
The first camps start the week of June 18, and all camps are filling up fast. Click here for more information and to register for summer camps at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy.
Audition for Sweeney Todd at The Lofts at 7714
On Monday, June 18 and Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m., students aged 14 through 18 are welcome to audition for Spotlight Performing Arts Academy’s summer production – Sweeney Todd School Edition 24 Hour Project. The show will be performed for the public on Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m.