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Metropolitan Adding Yulia’s Ice Cream, Removery to Retail Tenant Mix

Charlotte Business Journal

October 18, 2022

New tenants have signed on to Metropolitan in midtown, as part of an ongoing revamp at the center. Yulia’s Ice Cream and Removery have signed deals for the mixed-used development and lifestyle shopping center.

Locally-owned Yulia’s is a woman-owned ice cream concept. It was founded by Belarusian immigrant Yuliya Shvinhelskaya. This 718-square-foot location marks the first brick-and-mortar location for the brand. It churns small batch ice cream without synthetic flavorings, dyes, emulsifiers or preservatives. Yulia’s dishes up flavors such as peanut butter bars, butter almond crunch and strawberry cheesecake. It also will offer Slavic-inspired options in honor of Shvinhelskaya’s roots.
It is set to open in early 2023.

Removery has snagged 2,255 square feet for its location. It is a specialized provider of tattoo removal services, utilizing Candela’s state-of-the-art PicoWay lasers. It is set to open in December, across from Cava. Removery has nearly 100 locations around the globe.

Those tenants join European Wax Center, Open Rice and Clean Your Dirty Face, which were announced earlier this year.

Metropolitan also is wrapping up an exterior refresh. Updated elements include new signage, enhanced lighting along the bike path, banners along Charlottetowne Avenue and S. Kings Drive, metal and fabric garage screens, vertical wood and warmer colors throughout. Metropolitan serves as the backdrop to approximately730 square feet of murals designed by local artist Amber Thompson.

“Metropolitan continues to evolve and thrive as we add new businesses and update its look,” says Jonathan Stewart, Vice President of Leasing for Northwood Retail.

Northwood Investors acquired the center in October 2020, paying$92.3 million for its 170,589 square feet of office space, 171,644 square feet of retail and a 1,110-space parking deck as well as an adjacent, undeveloped 1.3-acre parcel.