I used to avoid South Asheville at all cost. After moving to the south side a couple years ago, I have grown very fond and extremely comfortable here. Biltmore Park has grown and flourished into its own little community. Further, inviting big city names to become a part of our town. Dining with Metro favorites such as P.F. Changs and Brixx. Luxury hotel rooms in the Hilton. Education in town, instead of abroad with Western Carolina University. Specialty Shopping with REI and Orvis are here, now.
No need to travel or rely on Internet based connections. Let us not forget the multiple shopping plazas, located on Airport Road, further promoting other businesses to join our “Southern Living”. ALDI, Bojangle’s, Mars Hill College, Target, Lowes, Best Buy, Old Navy and Verizon to name a few. The former “sell your used car lot” is now becoming a Dick’s Sporting Goods [editor note: Job postings for the new Dick’s Sporting Goods can be viewed here], with it come rumors of a Red Lobster and Fuddruckers. [editor note: Kirkland’s home decor store has also been confirmed to be moving in on Airport Road]
Plans to turn former Biltmore Square Mall into Blue Ridge Outlets further pushes grown in this region of Western North Carolina. A local favorite, Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack, has also whispered of a miraculous return to its roots here in South.
I don’t want this to sound like a materialistic man’s map to South Asheville, but I am always excited for new growth or even old dwellings to be re-occupied. I only wish, after my rant that AshevilleBlog.com will do more to uncover/publish stories of big city names, making Asheville their new home.
For the love, of the Land of the Sky…