“HEAR THEM SWAP SMART TIDBITS”
A record 172 Charlotte CREW members and their guests attended the group?s recent March luncheon at the uptown Ritz-Carlton. Charlotte's CRE glitterati noshed on poached salmon and polenta while featured speakers opined about sailing the waters of a ?turnaround market.?
Panelists were Vision Ventures? Doug Stephan (foreground), Childress Klein Properties' local retail developer icon David Haggart, Wells Fargo?s Angi Dugick, and Kimley-Horn?s David Lee. David Haggart says Charlotte-area retail sales dropped $2.5B in '09, a 12% plunge from ?08. Sales are slowly inching back up, but we have a long way to go. ?I don't feel like we're getting any worse.?
We snapped Kati Hynes, director of economic development with the Charlotte Chamber in the crowd. She cooperated.