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.