We’ve written pieces before about the Asheville Mall, and despite our misgivings about shopping there during the holiday season, the CBL owned mall is a go to spot for many in the city. However, there have been many changes afoot recently. The popular European fashion store H&M was announced at the end of 2013, with plans of opening sometime in 2014. This writer recently found out that New York & Company, a popular clothing store that sits on the same wing as Old Navy and Sears, is closing at the end of January, along with the popular FYE. Dairy Queen and Subway have also recently left the food court, leaving some to wonder what on earth is happening.
The last time the Asheville Mall underwent any major changes, it was in 2000 and included the addition of the food court, added stores between JC Penney and Belk, and built the additional parking garage over the food court. Due to the layout of the mall and limited building space on the property, any major renovations would have to be added vertically. What are the chances of that happening?
Well dear readers, it seems that the likelihood of some sort of expansion or reconstruction of the mall is going to happen! Sources online confirm that a budget of $25-$100 million dollars has been established for construction to take place at 3 South Tunnel Road. Plans include conversion of existing structures, and groundbreaking. When is all this happening? All we know is that construction is scheduled to start the 1st Quarter of 2014.
The Asheville Mall isn’t the only one undergoing construction – The Biltmore Square Mall is officially closing doors January 31st. It will undergo complete renovation and be transformed into Blue Ridge Outlets. The majority of the vendors inside the mall have already vacated, but Belk, Dillards Outlet, and Dollar Tree will remain open during construction. Bath and Body Works will be closing during renovation, but we have news that they are already confirmed to be coming back to the new Blue Ridge Outlets. The fate of Cinebarre is currently unknown, and Chick-fil-a is permanently relocating to Merrimon, close to the new Harris Teeter and Trader Joes.
So many changes, and we aren’t even halfway into the new year yet! Keep your eyes open for more information – do you have a tidbit that hasn’t been included in this article? Let us know in the comments below!