DFI advises local governments on transformative economic development and real estate projects. Much of this work results in downtown project locations across the state that would be ideal for small-scale breweries, brew pubs, or tap rooms.

The list of potential brewery/tap room locations below is updated quarterly and provided as a service to local governments, developers and potential retail tenants. Please contact DFI's Associate Director, Marcia Perritt, with questions about specific locations.



City Population: 89,000

Charlotte MSA Population: 2.3 million

Distance to Downtown Charlotte: 25 miles

Located thirty-five minutes northeast of downtown Charlotte, Concord’s historic downtown is well known across Cabarrus County and the region. A number of exciting projects are planned or under way in downtown Concord, spurred by growth in the greater Charlotte area. A local microbrewer is in the process of expanding its operations to space at an historic mixed-use office and retail center near downtown. Concord has a number of unique spaces that could accommodate a brewery, offering high ceilings and proximity to an active downtown.



Davie and Rowan Counties Population: 180,000

Distance to Winston-Salem: 30 miles

Distance to Charlotte: 53 miles

Located on the South Yadkin River, the RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls will be expanding through a public-private partnership to become a regional attraction. An existing mill on the river will be renovated into a craft brewery or distillery and serve as an anchor for additional retail adjacent to a county park featuring an historic stone dam, sandy beach, and great fishing and swimming venues.



City Population: 75,000

Charlotte MSA Population: 2.3 million

Distance to Downtown Charlotte: 23 miles

The City of Gastonia acquired 16 acres of property for the upcoming Franklin Urban Sports + Entertainment (FUSE) District. Located between the recently renovated 600,000-square-foot Loray Mill and downtown Gastonia, the FUSE District will feature the new home of the Gastonia Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team. The project is sure to spark the revitalization of this area and will include two historic buildings, a former cotton mill, and a Coca-Cola bottling plant. Both historic buildings are adjacent to the site of the new stadium and can accommodate breweries or taprooms.



City Population: 48,000

Charlotte MSA Population: 2.5 million

Distance to Downtown Charlotte: 27 miles

Kannapolis has a walkable downtown district with many historic buildings and opportunities for infill development. A number of buildings feature 12+-foot ceilings and unique basement spaces, allowing for opportunities to creatively incorporate small-scale production as well as street-level tasting/taproom space. Existing building floorplates range in size from under 1,000 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet; some structures include loading docks and freight elevators. The city is breaking ground in fall 2017 on a completely new downtown streetscape, including new utilities, and will break ground in 2018 on a 4,600-seat downtown sports and entertainment venue.



Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton MSA Population: 363,000

Distance to Hickory: 23 miles

Located less than a half-mile off of Interstate 40, Morganton features an historic farm colony with 12,000-square-foot iconic silo barns adjacent to community college sustainable agriculture facilities and a model farm. Plans are in the works for a greenway and mountain bike trails to connect an overlooking district of meadows, hills, and Hunting Creek to downtown Morganton. 



Town Population: 25,000 and growing quickly

Raleigh MSA Population: 1.3 million

Distance to Research Triangle Park: 8 miles

New construction on Morrisville’s walkable Town Center Core is in development.  This project will feature greenway connections, a town green, and direct access to Interstate 40. The first phase of the Town Center Core is far along in the pre-development process; developers are forecasted to break ground in 2018. Breweries looking to expand but wanting a longer timeframe before taking action might be interested in Morrisville. The lead time this project offers will allow for flexible square footage/ceiling heights to best accommodate a brewery, brewpub, or taproom. Nearby breweries include Gizmo (Morrisville), Fortnight (Cary), Bond Brothers (Cary), Brueprint (Apex), and Bombshell (Holly Springs.)



Town Population: 8,500

Charlotte MSA Population: 2.5 million

Distance to Charlotte: 10 miles

Downtown Pineville, which is located off of Interstate 485 and borders high-growth areas outside of Fort Mill, S.C., has one of the only historic Main Streets in the South Charlotte region.  Pineville is currently seeking development plans for an historic 250,000-square-foot mill that is just a short walk from its fully occupied downtown area.  



Randolph County Population: 143,000

Miles to North Carolina Zoo: 17

Miles to Greensboro: 19

The city-owned former Firestone Auto Supply building is located on the main block of downtown Randleman, adjacent to Commerce Square. The historic building is 13,000 square feet in size and features tall ceilings in five connected bays with Main Street frontage and original garage doors that open to festival space. The building’s loading door is at grade, providing easy access to the nearby highway. Randleman, a growing city with a supportive local government, is the perfect location for brewing operations, retail and tap room space, or restaurants.

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