WAXHAW – For five years, David White wanted to bring fresh, local produce to the citizens of Waxhaw, Weddington and Wesley Chapel. Next month, White’s wish will become reality as his company, Providence Produce, opens a new flagship location in Waxhaw.
The new stand will be located at 1316 Providence Road S., about one mile south of Rea Road, near the intersection of Providence and New Town roads. White said the location is tentatively set to open in mid-April.
Providence Produce has three other flagship locations in Mint Hill, Stallings and on Providence Road near Ballantyne Commons in Charlotte. But citizens of the Waxhaw, Weddington and Wesley Chapel areas wanted a stand close to home.
“A lot of people were asking us to open a store down there in Wesley Chapel or Waxhaw, so it’s been on the radar for the last five years,” White said.
White hoped to open a stand near the towns ever since customers started requesting it, but he wanted to make sure the time was right. Last year, the property on Providence Road South became available and Providence Produce jumped at the opportunity. The company bought the land in June and began plans to open the new location this spring.
“We’ve already made a huge investment in this new location for our little company, so we think it’s going to be very nice,” White said.
Providence Produce has brought fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables to the Charlotte area for more than 10 years. The company frequently works with local farmers and producers to obtain locally grown goods. Produce from local growers is most readily available during the summer, White said.
The Providence Road location in Ballantyne draws a lot of customers from the Weddington and Waxhaw areas, White said. Opening the new location in Waxhaw will not only give these customers the opportunity to shop closer to home, it’ll help the Charlotte location by reducing the crowd, which White said is becoming overwhelming for the company.
“It’s an absolute zoo at Providence Road in the summertime,” he said “A lot of people are waiting in line 10 to 15 minutes to check out. It’s a busy area and that stand is just bursting at the seams with people during that time. (The Waxhaw location) will help neutralize chaos in the (nearby) gas station parking lot.”
Providence Produce has been working to finish grading and landscaping the land at the new location and is currently building the stand at the company’s Indian Trail warehouse. White said recent weather conditions have delayed things a bit, but he’s hoping to get the location up and going by the mid-April target.
Customers have already begun expressing excitement about the Waxhaw stand, particularly on the Providence Produce Facebook page, White said.
“People are thrilled,” White said. “When we put it out on Facebook, we had about 250 ‘likes’ and people were just blowing us up on Facebook about how excited they are. We’ve had a lot of community support so far.”
The Waxhaw Providence Produce location will be open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Mint Hill location, 11252 Lawyers Road, and Stallings location, 3116 Old Monroe Road, both will reopen for the season on Friday, March 1. The Charlotte location, 10636 Providence Road, is scheduled to reopen on April 5, a Friday.
For more information about Providence Produce, call 704-821-6069, go to www.providenceproduce.com or check out the company’s Facebook page, “Providence Produce.”