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Lionel Train Rolls into Concord Mills

Lionel Trains is an iconic model train company (and die-cast race car producer) that has captured the hearts and stirred the imaginations of both young and old since 1900. This new “retail-tainment” space signifies the company’s growth and dedication to becoming an integral part of the Concord community.

Lionel invites the community to the official opening of its new store in Concord Mills Shopping Center, Concord, North Carolina. Howard Hitchcock, President of Lionel and Lenny the Lion, Lionel’s mascot, will roll in by train to celebrate this significant milestone in the company’s 118-year history. The new store also features four fully decorated and interactive train displays that guests are invited to operate. 

The 5,000-square-feet location will serve as a hub for all things Lionel. The store offers products from both Lionel Trains and Lionel Racing, including train sets, track and accessories, NASCAR die-cast, apparel, and more.

Special guests attending the event include:

  • Howard Hitchcock: President of Lionel
  • William C. “Bill” Dusch: Mayor of Concord
  • Donna Carpenter: President & CEO Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Ray Soporowski: Vice President/General Manager Concord Mills
  • Lenny the Lion: Lionel Mascot


Monday, September 24 Through Sunday, September 30
  • The No. 18 M&M’s Show Car will be on site through Friday evening, September 28
  • The first 100 customers on Friday, September 28 get a FREE 1:64-scale die-cast
  • Get your photo with a real NASCAR race car from Monday, September 24t through Friday, September 28
  • Also, customers who spend more than $100 all week get a FREE Lionel canvas tote (while supplies last)
Door busters/sale info. can be found at 


The NEW Lionel Retail Store           
8111 Concord Mills Blvd
Concord, North Carolina
The store is located inside Concord Mills, across from the Dining Pavilion. Guests should park outside Entry 2.

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