Charlotte’s Creative Loafing Shuts Down After 31 Years, Lays Off Staff Without Warning

An alternative weekly magazine has announced it is ending publication in North Carolina's largest city after 31 years, converting to a digital only product and laying off its staff.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An alternative weekly magazine has announced it is ending publication in North Carolina’s largest city after 31 years, converting to a digital only product and laying off its staff.

Charles Womack, president of Womack Newspapers Inc., which bought Creative Loafing from SouthComm Inc. in 2014, announced Wednesday he is selling the Charlotte magazine to his son, Alex Womack, president of Womack Digital LLC.

The Charlotte Observer reports the seven full-time workers at Creative Loafing Charlotte were told of the decision Wednesday. The employees had no warning of the shutdown.

Ryan Pitkin, the magazine’s former editor in chief, said the sale was unexpected, adding that he didn’t know what the plans were for the digital platform.

The magazine’s final print edition was on Wednesday and will now only be available online.

For the past 31 years, Creative Loafing provided quirky coverage of local arts, entertainment, food and social issues.