Park Road Shopping Center boasts a history unlike any shopping center in Charlotte. The center has maintained its quaint charm while offering its customers what they need. The first open air shopping center in Charlotte, and the largest of any kind between Washington D.C. and Atlanta, it opened in 1956 with 32 stores.

The opening of the center was filled with excitement. Spectators were welcomed by many notables, among them J.C. Penney, who despite his 82 years, made the trip to welcome shoppers at the opening of his first Charlotte store. Park Road Shopping Center unveiled its trademark—the large, red sign that stands today as a testament to its enduring longevity.

Anchored by Colonial grocery store, the center offered shoppers a complimentary five pound bag of sugar on opening day while a drawing was held to win one of three brand new 1957 Fords.

The center is located in a residential area rich in history and whose customers have proven loyal throughout its 58 years.


Park Road features a diverse mix of retail, dining and services. The center has maintained a sense of community and continues to serve the purpose for which it was first created—to be a family-friendly neighborhood shopping center. The center has new design touches and improvements – beautiful storefronts, new landscaping and comfortable outdoor furniture – all designed with empathy for the neighbors. It’s a place where the friends and family can come together.