CONCORD, N.C. – A local real estate group is breathing new life into a portion of this Concord textile mill.

Southpaw Investors’ adaptive-reuse project will invest roughly $1 million to transform 25,000 square feet at Gibson Mill. 

Gibson Mill Market aims to preserve the building’s history, while giving new life through the addition of food-hall style dining and shopping. It is slated to open in early 2020, says Jock Liles, a partner in Southpaw.

The investment group has been revamping parts of that property at 325 McGill Ave. NW since acquiring it in 2004. The entire property — once a plant for the historic Cannon Mills Co. — encompasses 656,000 square feet and sits on 48 acres. Parts of it date to 1899. 

“Now, we’d like to make this into a shopping destination as well,” says Tom Cotter, one of Southpaw’s partners.