Charles is a lead partner with Chamire Holdings, LLC in the Village at River’s Edge development located in Columbia, SC. This project will provide 120-140 affordable housing opportunities for families, most of which have a single mother as the head of the household. Providing assistance to single mothers is a significant part of Charles’ philanthropic initiatives and the Charles Johnson Foundation mission. Charles attended the ground breaking in July 2015 for the first phase of the project, including 124 new, affordable, two-and three-bedroom housing units. The development also has a community clubhouse with programming space, an outdoor gazebo, and a children’s play area. Future phases will include an additional 27 affordable townhouse units and a 48-unit affordable housing building for elderly residents. The development held its official ribbon cutting in December 2016.
Charles is a master franchise owner for the Columbia, SC Jan-Pro market, which has more than 50 franchise owners and more than 200 customers. Charles is also a franchise owner in Aiken, SC and Augusta, GA. JAN-PRO is a commercial cleaning company with a systematic and thorough process of cleaning that results from an extensive training course for all of its owner-operators. These businesses have created more than 75 employment opportunities.
Charles owns FedEx Ground transportation and delivery service locations in the Aiken, SC and Augusta, GA markets.
Once Upon A Child
Charles is a franchise owner of two Once Upon A Child stores in Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC as well as Style Encore and Plato’s Closet stores in the Mooresville, NC area. The stores buy and sell gently used items at a discounted price. Items at Once Upon A Child include clothing, toys, furniture and equipment. Items at Style Encore include women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and hand bags. Items at Plato’s Closet include brand name clothing, footwear and accessories for teens and twenty-something boys and girls.
In December 2016, Charles announced a new business partnership with future NBA hall of famer Kevin Garnett and 3X NBA Champion Devean George. The new partnership, CGG, LLC, emphasizes “doing good while doing well.” The CGG, LLC group will identify community projects for investment. To date, the group has solidified partnerships with Morgan Stanley and Liberty Bank. Johnson, Garnett and George have the help of managing partner Reggie Barner. Barner has 29 years of multi-family housing experience, including 27 years in senior management. He previously served on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Affordable Housing Advisory Board. CGG, LLC already has a number of investments and projects underway, including:
- Laney Walker (Augusta, GA) – Planned development with 85 1-bedroom units and 87 1- and 2-bedroom units
- Warren Mill (Warrenville, SC) – Planned mixed use development with 85 - 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units and commercial space
- Penn Ave. Union (Minneapolis, MN) – Planned mixed development of 47 residential units and commercial space
- New Orleans – Planned mixed use 100 unit development
- FedEx – Ground, Home Delivery and Line Haul Routes