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INDIAN LAND – Panhandle residents will be able to get a manicure or haircut, eat a sub or pizza and send packages as new stores begin to open at Carolina Commons. The 25-acre commercial development by RED Partners is on U.S. 521 at Sun City Carolina Lakes and across the street from the Cornerstone development. It will offer 190,000 square feet of retail and office space. New stores In addition to its anchor tenant, Harris Teeter, RED Partners officials say a UPS Store, Quiznos subs, Great Clips, Salon Salon, Beautiful Nails, AAA Insurance, Gentle Care Cleaners and Frankies Pizza have all signed leases for Carolina Commons. Comporium will also open a store there. BB&T and another bank will open branches. Carolina Commons will open next spring. Wendy’s is under construction and slated to open then, too. Harris Teeter is building a 48,000-square-foot store, larger than average, with a pharmacy and a large perishables department that will include a wide variety of cheeses, seafood and other items. The store will be similar to the one at Stone Crest at Piper Glen at Interstate 485 and Rea Road, according to officials. The store is slated to open early next year. CVS opened at Carolina Commons in September. The project also includes a 60,000-square-foot medical office building. Presbyterian Healthcare will be the major tenant, leasing 40,000 square feet. That building is also scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2009. RED Partners has developed several projects in the Charlotte area, including Cedar Walk at Ardrey Kell and Marvin roads, which is now under construction. RED Partners is a Charlotte-based commercial real estate development company focusing on retail shopping centers, mixed- use communities, multifamily infill residential and rehab projects in the greater Charlotte market. Library almost finished The commercial center is also home to the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, the Panhandle’s first public library. Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band said contractors are expected to finish work on the library Nov. 19. The following week, shelving will be done, and the next week, furnishings will be moved in, Band said. The library may celebrate its grand opening on Jan. 10, a Sunday, and begin checking out books the next day. The library may also have a “soft” opening Jan. 5.
The county library board will meet Monday to make the final decision.