Northlake Mall implements new rules for anyone under 18

Northlake Mall will begin requiring that anyone under the age of 18 be accompanied by a supervising adult 21 years of age or older on Fridays and Saturdays after 5 pm. The new policy, which was developed in consultation with community leaders throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg, goes into effect on June 12.

“Over the past year we have had a significant number of youth in the Mall on Friday and Saturday evenings without adult supervision,” said Phil Morosco, general manager of Northlake Mall, a 1.1 million-square-foot regional shopping center in north Charlotte. “When you have such a large amount of unsupervised youngsters together, it is difficult to provide a safe environment. We believe that an adult supervision policy is in everyone’s best interests – safety must always be our No. 1 priority.”

In developing the adult supervision policy, Northlake Mall management sought the advice of business and community leaders and law enforcement.

“One of the most important challenges we face in Charlotte-Mecklenburg today is providing meaningful activities for our young people when they are not in school,” said James Mitchell Jr., District 2 representative on Charlotte City Council. “The safety situation that has developed at Northlake Mall is a reflection of this challenge, and I commend the Mall on implementing a policy that is fair and responsive and which has the best interests of our community as its primary goal.”

Northlake Mall also studied similar programs at shopping centers throughout the region and across the country. The Mall has incorporated best practices from those centers into its policy.

“A growing number of shopping centers have successfully implemented adult supervision policies that have been well received by community leadership, shoppers and retailers,” Morosco said. “There is heightened awareness everywhere concerning the safety of children and teens, which is reflected in our new policy.”

Northlake Mall is a 1.1-million-square-foot regional shopping center location at I-77 and W.T. Harris Blvd. in the northern suburbs of Charlotte, N.C. The two-level enclosed mall features more than 120 stores and restaurants, plus five anchors: Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and AMC Theatres. On the Web at

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10 comments on “Northlake Mall implements new rules for anyone under 18
  1. When this law goes into effect, I and many other students will be boycotting Northlake mall along with the AMC Theatres. To give you an estimated number of student that attend just my school alone is roughly around 3000 people. When starting this petition, it is obvious to anyone and everyone that many of Northlake sales will decrease drastically. It is understandable what you guys are TRYING to accomplish; however, the way you guys are going about this issue is completely and utterly wrong. There is no need to punish the innocent.

  2. That’s lame (and I’m 33 years old). Not only from a social standpoint for kids, but from a business standpoint for the mall owners.

  3. Children from 16-18 can work at the mall, so why can they not be their with their friends, unsupervised? As a parent, I appreciate and understand the reason for the policy, but it should be for children under 16 not under 18. If my child gets off from work at the mall, they are saying he cannot grab a movie if I do not come up there to sit with him? That makes no logical sense. This policy needs to be adjusted.

  4. I appreciate the attempt the Mall is making, and I understand the reasoning behind it, but Stacey and the other previous posters make good, valid, rational points. It’s absurd to basically cut off an entire segment of the spending population, and teens these days spend A LOT. And seriously, a 16 or 17 year old employee has to “evacuate the premises” as soon as their shift is over? They’re trust worthy enough to work there, but not trustworthy enough to spend their money there on weekends. Ridiculous.

    I support Kelsea’s boycott, and hope they succeed in getting this ridiculous rule over turned.

  5. I appreciate why the mall has chosen this action. Like Birkdale and all others, malls have become the babysitter for so many parents, parents who won’t take responsibility for their kids. They drop them off and come back hours, sometimes many hours later. It’s a proven fact that vandalism and shoplifting go up quite a bit on weekends and summer days which is when most of these kids are hanging out at the mall. And that’s not my proven fact but a national statstic with data provided by the store owners. Until these kids act responsibly, I applaud the mall for making this decision.

  6. So, now that young people no longer have the safe haven of a mall to hang out at, where shall they go? Off into more open, potentially dangerous spaces in an attempt to express their newfound freedom away from their parents, as teenagers often do, or will they merely choose to visit another mall or venue that will consequently financially benefit from this ridiculous attempt at safety regulation?
    When this time of year rolls around again, students will no longer be able to make reservations and visit the high-end restaurants Northlake has to offer for Prom, if this policy is still in place.
    Is this policy applicable to attending movies at the AMC Theatre?
    I understand the need to prevent further shoplifting on the weekends and to control the mass of teenagers that flock to the mall. That makes complete and utter sense. What does not make sense is cutting off that age group entirely. With the way the economy is right now, I don’t believe cutting off sales from any age group is a wise decision for anyone. Rather than losing a wide margin of sales, why not instead hire more/better security instead of off duty policemen? Wouldn’t making it more difficult/impossible to steal/vandalize/etc make more sense than punishing an age group that helps the mall thrive on the weekends?
    Though this policy will not affect whether I can go to the mall or not, it does affect one of my siblings and his friends. Now I wonder where they will go to hang out, as the slim number of safe areas of business/entertainment left around here are shooing them away.

  7. Bieng a teenager I think this rule is absurd, I mean I could see if you had something for us to do instead then it wold be fine but we have nothing to do on the weekends. It’s the summer! we’re out of school and our parents have to work.. How will we go to the mall with them and even if we did, this is our time to hang out we want to get away from our parents. we plan on signing a petition and boycott Northlake mall. We wont give up without a fight. They will lose alot of customers.

  8. I think that the rule would make sense for 16 and under, but not 18 and under. And for the ‘responsible adult’ to have to be 21? What about siblings that are the legal guardians of their younger brother or sister? If they are having such an issue with youth and their behavior why not enforce rules upon those that are causing the trouble? I have a feeling that it’s not those under 18 that are causing all the issues. I know many kids that are under the age of 18 that act more mature than some of my 25+ year old friends. All this is going to cause is customers becoming angry and refusing to shop at the mall, and in this economy I think we need all the money that we can get. I would rather my 16 year old sister-in-law be at the mall on a Saturday night with her friends than at a party where there could be potentially bad influences.

  9. FAIL. what were they looking to accomplish with this? its not like kids arnt going to try to get in anyways. plus, you could always go to the target (:

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