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Best Stores In Charlotte With Senior Discounts

August 5, 2014 8:00 AM

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Among the benefits of getting older are the many senior discounts offered by companies of every variety. Lots of national retail and restaurant chains offer senior discounts and perks, as do airlines, hotel chains and Amtrak, which offers seniors 62 and up a 15-percent discount on every ticket. Locally, senior Charlotteans can get around town for half price on Charlotte Area Transit CATS buses and LYNX trains, and receive a $10 discount on annual bike sharing passes from Charlotte B-Cycle. The three Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers and the Levine Senior Center in Matthews offer many services for seniors from free legal services to discounted trips and classes. In addition to the discounts listed here, seniors 60 and over receive a five-percent discount every Thursday at Harris Teeter, a grocery chain founded in Charlotte in 1936.
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 364-4251

Founded in the Charlotte region in 1888, Belk has grown into the nation’s largest family-owned department store chain, with over 300 locations primarily in the southeastern United States. The corporate offices remain in Charlotte and Belk’s flagship store is located in SouthPark Mall. On the first Tuesday of every month, shoppers 55 and over receive a discount of 20 percent throughout the store, except in the home department, where discounts are lower. Sign up online to receive notices of upcoming sales.

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Berrybrook Farm Natural Food Pantry
1257 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 334-6528

Berrybrook Farm was Charlotte’s first natural food store, opening in the heart of Dilworth in 1972. Today, the store stocks a wide variety of organic and natural groceries, including organic produce, free-range eggs, duck eggs, local honey and pollen, bulk herbs, grains and beans, frozen and prepared foods and lots of gluten-free products, as well as all natural pet food and pet care items, natural health and beauty products and bulk alkaline ionized antioxidant water. The selection of natural vitamins, minerals and other supplements is one of the region’s largest. Berrybrook’s on-site juice bar offers a to-go menu of natural and organic deli items, including salads, sandwiches and popular daily soup selections, plus juices and smoothies. Seniors 65 and over receive a 10-percent discount on everything in the store that is not on sale, including items from the juice bar, every day.

Metrolina Tradeshow Expo
7100 Statesville Road
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 714-7909

These monthly shows, usually held on the first weekend of the month, feature 98,000 square feet of handicapped accessible shopping with hundreds of dealers offering merchandise ranging from antiques and vintage jewelry, silver and glass to toys, memorabilia and home décor, often at discounted prices. Outside, a 3,000-stall flea market is the East Coast’s largest, offering still more deals. A variety of food and drink options, including a full bar, are available on-site, and parking is free. Seniors receive a $1 discount on general admission passes (regularly $5 for the four-day monthly shows, $10 for the five-day extravaganzas in April and November), good for the entire weekend.

The Natural Marketplace
Arboretum Shopping Center
8206 Providence Road, Suite 1800
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 542-1444

Operating in the Arboretum for more than 25 years, the Natural Marketplace is an award-winning retail shop featuring the latest in natural and nutritional supplements, plus organic foods, allergy-free products, homeopathy and aromatherapy products, books, gifts and natural body care items. The in-store deli offers wheat grass and vegetable juices, fruit smoothies and organic soups, salads and sandwiches, including many gluten-free items. Upstairs, qualified health practitioners practice a variety of integrative health services, including bio-feedback, thermography, ion cleanse detox, blood cell analysis, reflexology, lymphatic drainage and more. Seniors 62 and over receive a 10-percent discount on all supplements every day.

Richards Automotive
1105 Technology Drive, Suite D
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 847-2074

This family owned and operated automotive shop has been in business for over 30 years, offering quality repair services ranging from standard oil changes, inspections and tune-ups to air-conditioning, transmission and electrical repair, computer diagnostics on both domestic and foreign cars, brake and axle service and more. The technicians here will even diagnose your check engine light for free. Richards will beat any competitor’s price and offers weekly coupon deals. Seniors receive special treatment at Richards, with all services discounted five percent. Fluids and tire pressure are checked for free and customers 65 and over also receive free automobile pick-up and delivery.

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With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at

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