Business Opportunities

When preparation meets opportunity.

A vibrant area with everything needed to move forward. University City is a great place for existing businesses and startups to be and grow.

Business Owners

Since the establishment of UNC Charlotte in response to a rising demand for education generated by advancement in technology, University City has stepped up to meet the current and future needs of the business market.

The area is now home to large, mid-sized and small businesses, students, families and young professionals who come here to learn, create, plant roots and thrive. Together, these businesses and individuals make up University City, Charlotte’s second largest employment center outside of Center City.

“From the business perspective, it makes great sense to be here because of the location and access.”– Dr. Michael Dockery, Ortho Carolina.

Attractions & Amenities

University City is home three incredible office parks, all enjoying significant investment. Originally created to meet the growing demand for technology jobs, our business parks are evolving for today’s employer and employees. You will find mixed-use development for employees to work closer to their place of employment. University City is also increasing pedestrian access through sidewalks and bike lanes from light rail stations and throughout office parks to accommodate the business community.

University Executive Park is in walking distance to the area’s largest shopping and entertainment center with IKEA, Hobby Lobby, Marshall’s, Old Navy, Topgolf and more at its back door.

Innovation Park, the largest office complex in University Research Park, has new owners with ambitious plans that include more offices, housing, shopping and other uses.


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Armored Cow: Crafting Beer, Creating Community

Since National Beer Day is April 7, we decided to check in with Armored Cow Brewing Company's head brewer Andrew Kalinoski to ask him a few questions about what makes the brewery so special to the University City community.  What makes Armored Cow unique in the beer...

WCNC covers University City Partners’ Small Business Initiative

Locally owned businesses in University City get more resources Charlotte recently granted University City Partners more than $200,000. The nonprofit is pouring that money back into local entrepreneurs. MORE ABOUT OUR SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE Behind every small...

Vanguard announces move to University Research Park

Vanguard recently announced the consolidation of its Charlotte operations into an office complex in University Research Park. The Pennsylvania-based investment giant will move thousands of employees into the 700,000-square-foot space, which sits on 91 acres in...

SpringHill Suites Update 2024

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. In partnership with West Elm, the property elevated the lobby, guest rooms, fitness center, and more. See photos of the updates below. For questions...

Healthy Choices in University City

From choosing healthy foods to taking time to enjoy nature and connect with community, here are a few ways to make healthy choices in University City. Choose healthy food. Learn more about University City's newest prepared health food store, Project LeanNation. Help a...

Spotlight On: Project LeanNation University City

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ted Williams, along with Domonique Williams, who's originally from Columbus, Ohio, opened Project LeanNation University City in September 2023. Though the two share a last name, there's no relation. They met through a group of...

Cybersecurity Tips: How to Keep Your Network Secure

By Nate Delanoy, Sr. Director of Product Management, Segra In Charlotte, NC, 100 business owners participated in a recent Travelers Institute survey giving their perception of cyber threats. Over half (51%) of them view cyberattacks as inevitable, while just under a...

5 Questions With: Chef Tara Quinones, Papi’s Puerto Rican Cuisine

Where are you from and when did you open Papi’s? I was born in Manhattan and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York. I opened Papi's four years ago in June. Our family has been in the restaurant business sharing Puerto Rican cuisine for generations. My...

Get to Know Rob White, Owner of University City Axe House

Why did you decide to open Axe House in University City? We opened in February in University City, because it’s growing and expanding exponentially. I saw a niche for more diverse entertainment. There’s a lot for kids, but I wanted to create a live entertainment venue...