Charlotte FC’s new headquarters + Lowe’s gives out $55 million in bonuses

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1. Charlotte FC has agreed to break ground on a new training facility and headquarters

Charlotte FC fans cheer in the stands during warms up before a game between the Charlotte FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 22, 2022.
Charlotte FC fans cheer in the stands during warms up before a game between the Charlotte FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Charlotte FC will open a new permanent training facility and business headquarters by spring 2023, the club announced Wednesday morning.

The news comes a little under a month after Tepper Sports and Entertainment pulled out of plans to build a youth academy and soccer fields at the old Eastland Mall site. When TSE officially pulled the plug on the Eastland project, a spokesperson said the organization immediately began researching “expedited alternatives.”

The new site located at 8600 McAlpine Park Drive and owned by Levine Properties will include a “privately-financed 52,000-plus square-foot facility” that features four fields and related facilities.

Alex Zietlow spoke with sources with direct knowledge of the deal. Here’s more details.

2. Lowe’s is giving $55 million in bonuses to hourly workers because of high inflation

Lowe’s is starting its holiday shopping season earlier than ever launching its Season of Savings on Thursday. For the first time, the Mooresville-based company will offer free local fresh-cut Christmas tree delivery.
Lowe’s is starting its holiday shopping season earlier than ever launching its Season of Savings on Thursday. For the first time, the Mooresville-based company will offer free local fresh-cut Christmas tree delivery.

Lowe’s store employees will soon see bonuses in their paychecks.

The Mooresville-based home improvement retailer is giving $55 million in bonuses to its hourly workers because of high inflation, its CEO Marvin Ellison said Wednesday. Employees will see the bonus September 9, Ellison said during a roundtable discussion with Charlotte reporters.

Lowe’s gave seven similar pandemic-related employee bonuses in 2020 and 2021. The last $80 million round in February 2021 provided $300 for full-time employees and $150 for part-time and seasonal workers.

Catherine Muccigrosso has the story.

3. Another day, another fight: Panthers, Patriots continue contentious joint practices

Panthers safety Kenny Robinson hydrates during a break between practices at training camp on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in Spartanburg, SC.
Panthers safety Kenny Robinson hydrates during a break between practices at training camp on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in Spartanburg, SC.

For the second-straight day, several Panthers players were asked to leave practice in Foxborough after fighting with the New England Patriots.

Panthers safety Kenny Robinson, among those who left practice yesterday, was again asked to leave Wednesday, along with Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard and Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise.

Carolina head coach Matt Rhule, star running back Christian McCaffrey and Patriots players all talked about the brawl this afternoon with the media, including with our beat writer Ellis Williams. He’ll have the latest here.

4. Judge dismisses sex abuse case against Charlotte mission group. Protesters call on feds.

Letta Cartlige speaks outside of the Charles R. Jonas courthouse in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, August 15, 2022.
Letta Cartlige speaks outside of the Charles R. Jonas courthouse in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, August 15, 2022.

A Mecklenburg judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by six people who say they were abused in Nigerian schools that had ties to a Charlotte-based missionary organization.

The ruling sparked a demonstration outside the Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse, where people urged federal courts to do more to hold abusers of children in overseas missionary schools accountable for abuse.

The plaintiffs’ attorney Laurie Mellier said she hoped their argument would show that international law backed up her clients’ right to sue. But Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin dismissed the case, according to court records obtained by The Charlotte Observer.

Sara Coello has more.

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KJ Edelman is an Audience Growth Producer for The Charlotte Observer & Rock Hill Herald
KJ Edelman is an Audience Growth Producer for The Charlotte Observer & Rock Hill Herald