News Briefs: Aug. 1 to 7

I-485 lane shifts continue

Crews continued work this week on shifting Interstate 485 traffic onto recently paved lanes so the two older lanes in each direction can be repaved.

Traffic has shifted on the inner loop between N.C. 51 and Interstate 77, and on the outer loop between Johnston Road and Rea Road and Interstate 77 and N.C. 51. Signs will alert drivers to the shift.

The work is part of the overall I-485 widening project, which recently included the opening of the Johnston Road Flyover and ultimately will include a North Community House Road bridge above the interstate and the opening of lanes between I-77 and Rea Road. One of those lanes in each direction will eventually transition into a toll lane. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation anticipates extending the lanes from I-77 to Independence Boulevard and the Monroe Bypass later this decade.

The current project is scheduled to be completed in November or December.

Outlet mall now open

The Charlotte Premium Outlets, a collection of stores located in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte, hosted a grand-opening celebration on Thursday, July 31, that will continue throughout the weekend.

Thursday’s event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by musical performances and giveaways throughout the day. Special events will continue until Sunday, Aug. 3.

The mall is located off Interstate 485 at 5404 New Fashion Way. Find more information on what stores are located at the center at

The Fresh Market coming to Promenade

The Fresh Market will open a new location in early 2015 in the Promenade on Providence shopping center, according to a news release.

The location will become the store’s 19th market in the state. The Fresh Market “is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service,” according to the release.

The shopping center is located at Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Providence Road.

Katrina Richards

Katrina Richards

Richards named area manager for Allen Tate

Katrina Richards is the new area manager of Allen Tate Company’s south Charlotte and South Carolina region.

Richards will oversee operations and management for seven local offices, including the one in Ballantyne. 

“We’re excited to welcome Katrina to this new role,” Phyllis Brookshire, president of Allen Tate Realtors, said in a news release. “During her career with Allen Tate, she has distinguished herself as an agent, leader, trainer and mentor. We have every confidence in her ability to lead multiple offices throughout the Charlotte region.” 

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Camp joins Ballantyne Village as general/marketing manager

Ed Camp, formerly director of business development and public relations at EPICENTRE, is the new general manager/marketing manager of the Ballantyne Village.

The shopping center is currently in the middle of a transition after being purchased by Vision Ventures in October 2013. Camp will be responsible for enhancing the guest experience at the center and finding ways to improve the atmosphere for its businesses, according to a news release.

The center is located along Johnston Road, across from the Ballantyne Hotel. Find more information at

Karen Landis Price

Karen Landis Price

Price named community relations director

Karen Landis Price of south Charlotte is the new director of community relations for the Carolinas region of Shiel Sexton Company, a full-service construction management and general contracting firm.

Price, a South Mecklenburg High School and Queens University of Charlotte graduate, will be responsible for community engagement and business development for the company throughout the Carolinas, according to a news release. 

“Karen’s extensive knowledge of the local and regional business landscape, as well as her passion for the construction industry, make her a natural fit for this position,” Ben Wilhelm, president of Shiel Sexton, Carolinas Region, said in a news release. “General contractors don’t typically have community relations directors, so we hope this new position speaks volumes to how important community engagement is to our company.”

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