Yet another South End spot will soon close because of redevelopment in the area.
But there’s a bright side to this closing — Black Sheep will be opening a new store in Plaza Midwood Sept. 1. The new store will be located at 830 Lamar Ave., in the Central Crossing Complex.
Black Sheep has been at its Camden Road location in South End for 13 years, specializing in shoes, apparel and skateboards. But it’s being displaced by the same office building that will replace the old Food Truck Friday lot and Common Market. Nearby businesses The Boulevard at South End and Amos’ Southend have also announced closings since the lot was sold and the office building announced.
Owner Josh Frazier said the neighborhood has changed a lot in that time and is a “victim of its own success,” with a lot of smaller businesses closing and/or leaving the area.
“South End’s been a great area for us so it’s sad to leave,” Frazier said. “If I fast forward a year or two … it just doesn’t feel like the same vibe, the same sort of creative artistic hub … that I hoped South End would grow into.”
Frazier said he feels fortunate to find a new location in Plaza Midwood, which he said “is a good fit for us from a cultural standpoint.”
The new Black Sheep space, which will be behind Moo & Brew near the corner of Lamar and Central, will be nearly 3,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the South End location. Frazier said he plans to carry new brands and do events in the new space.
“We’re kind of bursting at the seams, so I’m looking forward to being able to spread out a little bit,” he said.
Photos: Richie McCorkle/Black Sheep