Corkscrew losing lease in Birkdale Village

Corkscrew will close in Birkdale Village

July 28. By TL Bernthal. Yes, it’s true: Corkscrew wine pub has to leave Birkdale Village in Huntersville.

Corkscrew recently received official notification from Birkdale Village owners that the wine pub is not part of the reimagined retail center and its lease would not be re-negotiated, according the Joseph Klosek, the general manager at Corkscrew Birkdale.

Corkscrew, which opened more than 18 years ago at Birkdale Village, is being allowed to remain open through the holidays, Klosek said.

Corkscrew is seeking to move locally, a given because of its popularity and loyal clientele at the original location. Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar has a location in Fort Mill, SC, as well.

Klosek said the search for a new Lake Norman location is starting.

Birkdale Village remains under construction / July 27 Cornelius Today


North American Properties (NAP), the owners of the 52-acre mixed-use project that is the retail centerpiece of Lake Norman, on Wednesday announced seven new businesses coming to Birkdale Village, but those seven are not in line for the prime Corkscrew location.

A NAP spokeswoman said lease negotiations for the Corkscrew space are underway.

Corkscrew is not the only business that will be gone. Qdoba Mexican Eats and The Gap clothing retailer already have closed as part of the changing format of Birkdale Village.


The retail landscape is changing across the country with national chains using brick-and-mortar shops for pickup locations of online orders as much as for the in-storeshopping in real timeexperience.

The $20 million redevelopment of Birkdale Village is nearing completion.

Birkdale timeline

According to NAP, Birkdale Village’s common areas—such as the plaza and stage—and the concierge and valet services should open the week after Labor Day.

While the major renovations should be completed in the coming months, tenant build-outs will continue into 2023, according to NAP.

The Birkdale Village Reimagined is expected to be in full swing for the holidays, the owners said.


13 Responses to “Corkscrew losing lease in Birkdale Village”

  1. I hate to see the Corkscrew leave. It was the perfect place to relax, unwind and people watch. What is the new owner thinking. What use to be a cheerful setting is now dark with all the drab colors. I hope they reconsider if not please let me know where you relocate

    Posted by Tracy Brown | July 28, 2022, 12:38 pm
  2. I’m sure it’s because Foxcroft Wine is moving in. Cox Media says, “Foxcroft, founded in 2004 by Conrad Hunter, will have a full-service kitchen dishing out a menu of small shareable plates as well as entrees, with several options made in-house such as bread, cheese, and pasta. An extensive selection of wines from around the world will also be available for grab-and-go purchases.” I really do not like all of the changes being made to Birkdale. Parking was next to impossible before, and now with all of the new kiosks being added to the center and parking spaces being removed, I have no desire to go fight the madness.

    Posted by Beth Bynum | July 28, 2022, 1:02 pm
    • Parking is an issue nearly everywhere. I don’t expect to go to the mall or frankly anywhere without having some level of difficulty finding parking. I recommend parking in the movie theater or Dick’s lots, I can always find a spot there even on Saturday evenings.

      Posted by Sarah M | July 29, 2022, 9:34 am
    • You are more than likely correct. Probably part of Foxcrofts deal to come in.

      Posted by Kat | August 14, 2022, 9:24 pm
  3. Sad since they’ve been there and loved for such a long time. Move to Jetton Village, in Cornelius!

    Posted by Wen | July 28, 2022, 1:18 pm
  4. I can’t believe they are booting Corkscrew out! a great place to enjoy some wine and appetizer-and people watch! Come to Rosedaile at exit 23!

    Posted by Christina | July 28, 2022, 2:01 pm
  5. Move to Jetton Village or the soon-to-be new Alexander Farms development.

    Posted by Becky Johnson | July 28, 2022, 3:04 pm
  6. So much for loyalty to a Birkdale mainstay. Seems like Corkscrew got screwed.

    Posted by Judy | July 28, 2022, 5:55 pm
  7. Change happens people, get over it. At least the owners are doing SOMETHING, Birkdale needs updates or it would slowly wither away. It was falling apart the last few years. They could’ve easily torn the whole thing down and just built a bigger apartment complex, like everywhere else around Charlotte and Huntersville but they’re not. I’m excited for Foxcroft and the new restaurants, it’s time for a refresh.

    Posted by Sarah M | July 29, 2022, 9:30 am
  8. ## Comment SPAM Protection: Shield Security marked this comment as “SPAM”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “iphone1” in “user_agent” ##
    American Properties is a FOREIGN owned company. Fox Croft and Fox and Hound in same place. Taking bets who last longer.

    Shocked at Gap but stick is down. Think they either negotiated to break their lease or it was up.

    Newbies come and go. I am a landlord both commercial and residential. I keep good tenants. Thev$$$ and commission handed out prior to opening is huge. If the newbie fails, the landlord can only recoup by increasing costs on remaining tenants thru CAMS common area maintenance of which little if any goes to small shops. The biggies – at Birkdale it’s Dicks etc – get the benefits

    Posted by Reta Berman | July 29, 2022, 11:07 am
  9. The former ABC store in Rosedale on Gildead would be a perfect location for Corkscrew. 3,700 sq standalone building would be ideal for a wine bar. We really need something like that on Exit 23. Neoteric Brewing is going in to the old Friendly’s location across from !illington’s. A wine bar like Corkscrew would really round it out.

    Posted by John Sebastian | July 31, 2022, 11:17 am
  10. Have loved the Cork Screw and the staff for a long time! Hope they find a new location that is still convenient to us Birkdale patrons! But the vibe there has slipped some since Covid, they need to bring back live music to be competitive, need some good live bands or solo artists to give the place its old charm!
    Maybe this change will give them the motivation they need to keep us wanting to go there!
    Still sorry to see them booted, sad that their loyalty meant nothing!

    Posted by Kerrin Chapman | August 9, 2022, 3:51 pm

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