Camp Pickle, a place to play pickleball, eat and drink, is eyeing Charlotte as a potential new location.
State of play: The new chain plans to open 1940s-style summer camp bars and restaurants where you can also play pickleball starting in 2024.
- A timeline and location have not been set for a Charlotte location, but sources confirmed Camp Pickle is looking at a space in The Pass, a new development near NoDa and the Sugar Creek Station.
- Local development writer Jason Thomas first reported the listing.
Why it matters: Pickleball is the nation’s fastest-growing sport, and Charlotte can’t get enough. A similar pickleball restaurant, Rally, recently opened in LoSo and court reservations sell out days in advance.
What they’re saying: Camp Pickle has been “exploring opportunities in Charlotte for the past year and are extremely enthusiastic to open a Camp Pickle in Charlotte,” Camp Pickle owner Robert Thompson, of Angevin & Co., tells Axios.
Details: Camp Pickle has locations confirmed in Denver, where their headquarters will be located and in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Other locations in the works include Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Nashville, New Orleans and Indianapolis.
- The food service will be fast-casual, with Mexican influences and camp-style cuisine like smoked meat.
- Courts will primarily be indoor for a year-round experience, Thompson says.
Zoom out: Camp Pickle isn’t the only brand looking to expand its footprint into Charlotte. Chicken N Pickle, a Missouri-based sports bar chain with pickleball courts, is “actively looking for multiple Charlotte locations,” spokesperson Garrett Stutz tells Axios.
The bottom line: Expect to see more pickleball places combining food and sport popping up in the coming years.