Black-Owned Barbershop in SouthPark Mall Will Be Allowed to Finish Lease

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A black-owned barbershop that had its lease terminated at SouthPark Mall will no longer have to close its doors.

The owners of “Knights of the Razor by No Grease,” reached an agreement with Simon Properties on Wednesday night.

Owners Damian and Jermaine Johnson had been caught by surprise after the mall recently told them it was terminating their lease.

“Totally blindsided, we didn’t see it coming,” Damian Johnson says.

“Knights of the Razor” had just opened earlier this year.

“By the time we got this notice, we hadn’t even done 45 days,” Johnson says.

The two own several “No Grease” barbershops across the region, including at other Simon Malls.

They signed a temporary one-year lease for the SouthPark location and were told they had to leave, because the mall found a permanent tenant… an opportunity Johnson says his business was never offered.

“At the time, we didn’t even know that that was available, because we were told that, you know, the permanent tenant (option) wasn’t on the table,” he says.

SouthPark Mall sent out a statement Wednesday night saying “Knights of the Razor” will be able to stay at the mall for the duration of its one year lease.

Then it says the two sides will discuss the possibility of a permanent location.

“In order to do business successfully, location is key,” says business owner James Mack.

Mack owns Epic Times Jewelry Store in the Epicentre.

He says he’s been turned down twice when he’s asked about leasing space in SouthPark Mall.

“You can go through the mall and please tell me, show me how many African-American businesses are in SouthPark Mall?” Mack asks.