Enderly Park Business Gets Parking Problem Relief

The Latest (3/22/22):

Charlotte City Council member Larken Egleston had a meeting with the landlord, the Browder Group, and McNair. McNair tells WCCB the owner of Noble Smoke, Jim Noble, was invited to the meeting but didn’t show up.

Larken says:

“I was invited to join a meeting today between the owners of Good Life at Enderly Park and the Browder Group. It was an open and honest conversation and I’m optimistic the next steps laid out in that meeting will quickly lead to an improved situation for this wonderful local business. I’m appreciative of both parties willingness to work together towards an agreeable solution and positive path forward.”

The sign came down around 5 pm Tuesday evening. McNair told WCCB by phone she’s happy the sign is down but it doesn’t change the narrative. She says Jim Noble needs to apologize to her and the neighborhood. She says the Browder Group legally couldn’t take the sign down and told noble he had 48 hours to remove it or he would be evicted.

Original Story (3/21/22):

CHARLOTTE, NC. —   A parking lot that should be used by several tenants on Freedom Drive, including Noble Smoke, Bossy Beulah, and The Good Life at Enderly Park, a brunch spot and event planning, owner Robbie McNair says the owner of Noble Smoke won’t let her customers park there, even though it’s in the lease agreement that they share it.

“They have a sign up that says parking is for Noble Smoke and Bossy Beulah only, and you’ll be towed,” McNair says.

McNair says when she reached out to the landlord to find a solution, they told her to have her customers park in the back of the parking lot.

“The very sensitive nature of the gentrification in this neighborhood I thought that was really inappropriate language to tell us to have our clients go to the back.”

She says they’ve spent money to hire valets and allow customers to park elsewhere. But the business suffered like many others during the pandemic and can’t spend thousands on valets. Community activist Colette Forrest says it’s about more than just parking.

“If your patrons come to patronize your business and they can’t do the simple thing of parking, they’re going to go elsewhere, and that’s a loss of revenue, and that’s a loss of income,” adds Forrest.

WCCB went to Noble Smoke to try to get answers. The general manager says they have no comment.

Former city council member LaWana Mayfield originally supported development in this opportunity zone, an area where businesses can qualify to receive tax incentives for being there.

“It is heartbreaking that a mere four years later, what we are seeing is intimidations, harassment, misogyny, and honestly what appears to be blatant racism,” says Mayfield.

WCCB reached out to the landlord, the Browder Group Real Estate, and they told us they have asked Noble Smoke to take the signs down.