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Balenciaga opens at SouthPark mall in Charlotte

Luxury retailer Balenciaga will invest $1.8 million to make its Carolina debut this year at the SouthPark mall.

Balenciaga, founded in Spain and headquartered in France, will open in the former Lacoste and Tommy John locations next to Tiffany & Co., according to SouthPark Mall’s website.

The store is expected to open by the end of the year, an official for mall owner and operator Simon Property Group told The Charlotte Observer on Wednesday. Simon also owns Concord Mills and Charlotte Premium Outlets.

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Balenciaga sells couture and high-fashion, ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women. For example, the distressed 3XL sneakers sell for $1,120.

The $1.8 million expansion is for 4,346 square feet of space, a building permit filed May 30 with Mecklenburg County shows. The store plans were first reported by Charlotte Business Journal.

Global luxury fashion brand Balenciaga is investing $1.8 million to open its first store in the Carolinas at SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, NC. Lem Lynch Photography CharlotteFive file photo

Balenciaga is known for its high fashion and streetwear, worn and advertised by celebrities such as Justin Bieber.

In October 2022, the fashion company cut ties with rapper Kanye West due to a series of controversial comments on social media. Two months later, Balenciaga became embroiled in his own scandal, accused of sexualizing children in two controversial ad campaigns.

Balenciaga joins a growing list of luxury brands expanding into the SouthPark shopping center, including Swiss shoe and clothing retailer Bally and French perfumer Diptyque. Louis Vuitton reopened in March with women’s and men’s clothing, among other things.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is a business reporter for The Charlotte Observer. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked for more than a decade at multiple newspapers and McClatchy.

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