Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 50 CONCORD/CABARRUS COUNTY Concord/Cabarrus County BY LINDSEY GREY the speedway, yes, but that's not all Start your engines! Ready, set and they're off! These familiar words mingle with roaring car engines and cheering fans to the sounds of racing in Cabarrus County. Known as "Where Racing Lives," Cabarrus County is home to unmatched motorsports attractions including Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Race Shops and museums, The Dale Trail and more. Along with rich racing heritage, this vibrant community offers no shortage of exciting things to see and do. Concord is a favorite destination in the county. Start in the historic downtown with browsing, shopping and taking in some entertainment. From designing jewelry at The Bead Lady to grabbing a cone of homemade ice cream at nostalgic Cabarrus Creamery, downtown Concord offers the charm of small town America. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse is home to the Davis Theater and The Galleries. Have dinner at a cozy eatery downtown and see a show at The Davis with upcoming performances from national acts including The Barefoot Movement, Rhonda Vincent, Jim Avett and more. Concord Mills is a shopper's delight particularly at the holidays. The largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina has unique options for shopping, family dining and entertainment. The center features more than 200 stores, Bass Pro Shops, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium and more, all under one roof. In addition to recent renovations, Concord Mills has added new stores including Lionel, Kate Spade and more. Big kids and little flock to Lionel, the producer of iconic model trains and die-cast race cars. The 118-year old store opened their flagship retail location at Concord Mills in September 2018. Concord is most known for being the region's racing headquarters and home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track. The legendary Superspeedway hosts major NASCAR races in the spring and fall, and more than three dozen other events for automotive and motorsports enthusiasts of all ages. Charlotte Motor Speedway made history in September 2018 as the 1.5-mile oval was transformed into a 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course- oval hybrid for the inaugural running of the Bank of America ROVAL 400, the first road-course playoff race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history. At the holidays, visitors can see Charlotte Motor Speedway in a new light during Speedway Christmas (November 17-December 31). Speedway Christmas returns for the ninth year featuring more than three-million lights throughout the course. Driving on the legendary speedway with synchronized lights-to-music dancing around is a memory that will last forever. The light show is open nightly (Closed Dec 25). Race fans will have another reason to celebrate when the Mustang Owners Museum opens in 2019. The automotive attraction will add to the already impressive lineup for motorsports enthusiasts. The Mustang Owner's Museum will be the only public Mustang Museum dedicated to the Ford Mustang in the world. Visitors will discover 38,000 square feet of rotating exhibits including more than 65 vehicles and 15 related Mustang exhibits that celebrate both the hobby and history of the popular car. Grand opening is set for April 2019. Kannapolis is the hometown of NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The city is a cornerstone of the Dale Trail, a self-guided tour that features points of interest from the legend's childhood and racing legacy. One of the stops along the Dale Trail is the stadium of the city's minor league baseball team – the Kannapolis Intimidators, an affiliate of the White Sox Major League Team. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 30, 2018 to celebrate the future $52 million sports and entertainment venue which will be the team's new home. Construction is set to be completed by April 2020. The city is in the first phase of a Downtown Revitalization Project which includes streetscape and infrastructure. >> CONCORD STATS POPULATION 92,000 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $210,000 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,399 COST OF LIVING 99.1 / US 100

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