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Chatter with BNC

Podcast dedicated to all things business in North Carolina. We talk to the state's leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, education and more about their business, passions and lives in an entertaining and informative manner.

Jun 2, 2021

Welcome to Business North Carolina's weekly podcast, serving up interviews with some of the Tar Heel State's most interesting people. On today's episode, we are joined by Erik Johnson, co-founder and partner of Charlotte-based private real estate-investment group White Point, one of the developers behind the Queen City's Optimist Hall. Erik discusses the history behind Charlotte's first food hall housed in the former Highland Park Gingham Mill, which once operated as the city's largest textile mill. The space is also home to Duke Energy's office space and dozens of food, beverage and retail vendors. He also talks about challenges faced over the past year and how Optimist Hall pivoted during the pandemic.