Concord Mills is a modern, primarily commercial zone framed with a few pockets of residential living. Most homes in the area are older single-story, single family dwellings. The Concord Mills outlet mall and the Charlotte Motor Speedway bring nearly 20 million visitors a year to the area. Most are day trippers interested in the raceway or in shopping. There are large numbers of restaurants in Concord Mills, representing most national and regional chains, with a few hotels to support overnight guests.
Concord Mills lies within the 28027 zip code, just over the border from Mecklenburg County in Cabarrus County. New retail development expands the neighborhood constantly. Generally accepted boundaries include Kannapolis Parkway, George Liles Parkway, and Poplar Tent Road. Concord Mills Boulevard is one of the most important non-boundary roads, running near the mall and featuring a dense concentration of retail stores and small restaurants.
The shopping and entertainment attractions of Concord Mills make it one of North Carolina’s top tourist attractions. Major shopping weekends and races at the Speedway have been known to create traffic jams for hours. Savvy residents opt for back roads where they can, but visitors should prepare for an intense driving experience in peak commuting or entertainment hours.