History

There's just something special about this place

The role these grounds have played in U.S. history are proof-of-concept that innovation lives here, and has done so for more than a century.

Camp North End is where imagination and determination are the powder kegs of world changing events, and where businesses have found success across industries.

Camp North End History

1924-1941

Ford Motor company Assembly Plant

The Ford Factory, water tower, and Boilerhouse were designed by Albert Kahn (of Detroit architecture fame) and completed in 1924 after only 9 months of construction work. This Ford plant employed 500 Charlotteans and manufactured 231,066 cars and trucks from 1924 to 1932.

US Army Quartermaster Depot

The US Army purchased the Ford Factory in June 1941, then went to work building another million square feet of warehouse space across the 76 acre site. At the peak of WWII activity, the Charlotte Quartermaster Depot employed 2,500 civilians and 80 Army officers processing everything from typewriters to uniforms, all of which were distributed to the basic training camps in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. The active community life of QMD staff was well-documented in the monthly "Tarheel QMD News", two editions are preserved for reading in the CM Library Carolina Room.

1941-1949

1954-1967

Charlotte army missile Plan [c.A.M.P.]

The Army remained on site through the Cold War, ultimately hiring over 1,500 personnel from Charlotte to build Nike Hercules Missiles, Honest John XM50 Rockets, Nike Ajax missiles, and Gama Goat vehicles between 1953 and 1967.

1975-2016

Eckerd/Rite Aid

Eckerd/Rite Aid used the site as a Distribution Center for east coast store locations for over 40 years. During that time, the City of Charlotte, Mount Vernon Asset Management, Vision Ventures, Charlotte Housing Authority and LandDesign partnered with residents to develop a vision plan for the North End corridor. In 2016 Rite Aid built a new facility in Spartanburg, SC, and made available 1.3 million square feet of industrial buildings.

2016-NOW

ATCO Development

ATCO purchased the property in December 2016 and began work on the largest adaptive re-use project in Charlotte. Since then, Camp North End has reopened to the city as a community hub for creativity and innovation where thousands of people come to work or spend time every day.

With 3 Million square feet of development planned over the better part of two decades, the mix of office, retail, restaurants, public spaces, events, hotels, and residential development are adding up to a vibrant urban neighborhood center.