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Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 15, 2016 – Charlotte-based commercial developers Crosland Southeast and Childress Klein announced that they have signed Viva Chicken and Panera Bread as new restaurants for the 90-acre Waverly development near the intersection of Providence and Ardrey Kell roads in South Charlotte.


Owned by Randy Garcia, Bruno Macchiavello and Dennis Thompson, fast-casual Viva Chicken has quickly become one of Charlotte’s favorite restaurants and is known for its Pollo a la Brasa, or Peruvian rotisserie chicken, which is marinated with a family recipe and slow-roasted on a rotating spit over an open fire burning hardwood charcoal. Sauces range from the mild Aji Amarillo to the medium Huacatay to the hot Roasted Rocoto, known as the “Gringo Killer.” Additional options include Peruvian-inspired salads, sandwiches and other dishes that can be served with chicken, steak or as vegetarian. The restaurant also incorporates eco-friendly elements in its operations, such as using plates, silverware, cups and straws that are 100 percent biodegradable.


“Viva Chicken is fresh, healthy and delicious, and it offers a great value,” said Tyler Michael, marketing representative for Viva Chicken. “We chose Waverly for the quality of the development and its proximity to I-485.”


The Waverly location will cover 3,600 square feet. Viva Chicken first opened on Elizabeth Avenue in 2013, followed by its Ballantyne location in 2014 and Huntersville in 2015. Another location at Park Road and Montford Drive was recently announced to much excitement.


Another fast-casual concept, Panera Bread was also announced as a new tenant at Waverly. With more than 1,900 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Waverly location of Panera Bread will cover 4,000 square feet and will offer drive-thru service. Panera Bread serves up freshly made sandwiches, soups and salads and is recognized for its commitment to nutrition, clean ingredients and transparent menu. They offer online ordering and rapid pickups, and the Waverly location will offer delivery to Waverly office tenants. 


“Viva Chicken and Panera Bread both will offer healthy, fast-casual options for professionals who work at Waverly, along with families who live in the area,” said Peter B. Pappas, managing partner of Crosland Southeast. “We think they’re a perfect fit, adding to our diverse array of restaurants, which includes everything from casual to upscale dining options.”


For Viva Chicken, Gwen Glaeser and Tommy Trimble of CNL Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord. For Panera Bread, developer Peter B. Pappas with Crosland Southeast represented the landlord and Rianne Bell of Bell Moore Group represented Panera Bread.


Previously Announced Tenants

Viva Chicken and Panera Bread join more than 25 other retail shops and restaurants that have signed, including a 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods, Waverly’s retail anchor, and 22,000-square-foot medical office anchor Novant Health, which opened in November, offering an urgent care and family healthcare, including pediatrics, physical therapy and other services.


  • Whole Foods – 40,000 sq. ft.
  • Novant Health – 22,000 sq. ft.
  • Hilton Garden Inn – 141 rooms
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – 5,061 sq. ft.
  • Ivy & Leo – 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Chuy’s – 7,149 sq. ft.
  • Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana – 6,073 sq. ft.
  • Dressler’s Restaurant Concept – 6,200 sq. ft.
  • Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar – 4,300 sq. ft.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – 1,498 sq. ft.
  • Polished Nail Bar – 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Quail Dry Cleaners – 938 sq. ft.
  • Truliant Credit Union – 2,097 sq. ft.
  • Ultraskin Wax Center – 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Chipotle – 2,423 sq. ft.
  • Modern Salon & Spa – 2,500 sq. ft.
  • ULTA – 11,000 sq. ft.
  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Taziki’s Mediterranean Café – 3,000 sq. ft.
  • PetPeople – 4,900 sq. ft.
  • CycleBar – 3,246 sq. ft.