New Mill Owners Bring Furniture and Home Decor with an International Flair--and a Historic Connection
Mill Complex Purchased by NYC-based textile trading company
Don't buy any furniture until you've seen what Concord Property Development, LLC has in store for the old Mooresville Mill no. 4. The NYC-based company purchased the entire 43-acre tract from Cherokee Development Partners for $500,000 on December 22 and are already busy making the Mill building habitable for a giant furniture and home furnishings emporium slated to open this coming May.
George Bulat, President of Concord Global Trading, the parent company of Concord Property Development (CPD), says his company intends to keep the mill much as it is today, and has no plans to tear down any buildings at this time. "We like old buildings and like to keep things the way they are," says Bulat. "This is the beauty of old factory buildings...they are unique and have lots of history about them." The company has already used a similar tack to breath new life into other old mills, such as the one in Fort Lawn, South Carolina, home of the huge WOW! furniture and home decor store.
Concord Global Trading specializes in Persian-style area rugs manufactured in Turkey. Bulat, a native of Ankara, Turkey now residing in New York City, sees the historic connction with the mill: "Didn't Mooresville Mills make the Turkish towel?" he quips, referring to the "Turkish Moor" brand of towels produced by the Mooresville Cotton Mills after World War II. Bulat has promised to sell his company's Turkish-made rugs in the emporium, reconnecting the mill with its "Turkish" legacy.
As for their plans for the entire mill complex, Bulat says things will happen slowly, and that in the meantime they are open to ideas and are looking forward to the community's support.