1920s home and former grocery store to be redeveloped by father-son team

1920s home and former grocery store to be redeveloped by father-son team
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The Ellis Legacy Group, owned by father-son duo Todd and Henry Ellis, purchased the now-vacant house and adjoining storefront in the Washington Heights neighborhood for $143K.

Why it matters: The historically Black neighborhood, like many neighborhoods in Charlotte, hasn’t been immune to gentrification or quick-flip real estate deals.  “This is the one time we get to save a vital piece of African-American history in west Charlotte,” said Todd, a Black man.

Quick background: For decades, the Logan-Patterson Grocery Store served as a retail and social spot for residents of Washington Heights on the west side of Charlotte.

What’s next: Over the next year, Todd plans to gather community input to transform the space in a way that meets the needs of people in the area.

  • Perhaps a coffee shop, the kind of place where the barista knows your name, people gather, and plaques on the wall tell stories of Logan-Patterson’s history. Whatever it becomes has to honor the legacy while bringing a diverse group of people together, Todd said.

Flashback: Historic house and former grocery store in Washington Heights asks $143K

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Logan-Patterson Grocery Store exterior sign

Logan-Patterson Grocery Store interior

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Todd Ellis (courtesy of Todd Ellis)

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