The small town of Concord is also home to the largest mall (one mile around) in North and South Carolina and one of the most visited destinations in the State. Concord Mills Mall was completed in 1999 and today has over 200 stores (mostly outlets), a 24-screen AMC movie theater, Dave and Busters arcades, a Go Kart track, Sea Life Aquarium, and ice skating rink during the holiday season. I have also transported a few of the patrons and employees of this mall over the years as well as family reunion bus groups for Queen City Tours™ and Travel. Just down the street is the Great Wolf Lodge which draws in folks in from neighboring States and as far away as Alabama based on my experience of speaking with some of the guests while picking up and dropping off there.
When I moved to this area back in 1985, this sleepy little town would come alive just twice a year for the NASCAR races and most folks thought that it was actually part of Charlotte which is located in a different county. You can credit Mr. O. Bruton Smith, the namesake of Bruton Smith Boulevard, for opening up this town to year round fun. Read more about how in my book Charlotte From A Tour Guide's Perspective Vol. II.