By Sam Boykin
CHARLOTTE — A few miles north of the boarded-up strip malls, fast food joints and car lots scattered along Independence Boulevard is a surprising blast from the past. Near Idlewild Road in the Independence Shopping Center, sandwiched between a TJ Maxx and Citi Trends, you’ll find Roses.
Chances are if you’re under 30, you’ve never heard of the discount department store. It’s also likely that if you are familiar with Roses, you assumed they had all shut down years ago. But like an aging boxer, they’ve stuck around, battered and bruised yet still putting up a fight.
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