Asheville Mall

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Asheville Mall
Dillards - Asheville Mall Asheville, NC (7414910548).jpg
Exterior of Dillards at Asheville Mall, May 2012
LocationAsheville, North Carolina, United States
Address3 South Tunnel Road
Opening dateNovember 23, 1973
No. of stores and services99
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area974,399 sq ft (90,524.6 m2).
No. of floors1 (2 in Belk, Dillards, JCPenney and Barnes and Noble, and former Sears)
WebsiteAsheville Mall

Asheville Mall is a regional mall in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville Mall is located off Interstate 240 in eastern Asheville. It is predominantly a one-story mall. Its anchors are Belk, JCPenney, and two Dillard's locations. It has 132 stores and is the largest mall in Western North Carolina. It also dominates the area's retail.


Asheville Mall was developed by R. L. Coleman and Company opening in stages beginning with Sears on February 3 1972 and the rest of the shopping center opening November 23 1973.[1][2] The mall's development was met with resistance from city officials and nearby property owners. During site grading a neighbor pulled a shotgun and threatened a bulldozer operator with it. [3] During the construction's final phase a helicopter crashed into roof and had to be removed with a crane.[4] The copter was being used to move air conditioning units onto the roof at the time of the crash.[5] The center's completion is a testament to the negotiation skill and perseverance on Mr. Coleman's part. The original anchors were The Bon Marche, Belk, and Sears.[6] The S & W Cafeteria moved to the Mall from downtown Asheville in 1974.[7] Shortly after the opening, an Ivey's was added in the mid-1970s, along with a minor addition to the mall. In 1989, JCPenney joined the mall, adding onto a wing that had been added earlier in the decade. Montgomery Ward opened in 1994 in the space that housed The Bon Marche, later regional chains Meyers-Arnold and Uptons. After Dillard's purchased Ivey's in the early 1990s, that store was converted to a Dillard's. Belk expanded its store and added a second level in 2000. In the same year the mall added a Food Court.{{cn

Chick Fil-A opened the first store in the region in the mid eighties. This was the only location in company history open on Sundays due to mall rules until 1997 when the lease was renegotiated.[citation needed]

The mall also expanded a wing from JCPenney to Belk adding 30 stores. The Coleman family sold the mall in 1997. After Montgomery Ward's closure in 2000, its store became Dillard's Men's, Children's, and Home, with the original Dillard's becoming a women's store.[citation needed]

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Asheville Mall, into Seritage Growth Properties.[8] Sears closed this location in July 2018 and is planned to be redeveloped into new apartments.


  1. ^ "22 Nov 1973, Page 62 - Asheville Citizen-Times at". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ "16 Jan 1970, Page 1 - Asheville Citizen-Times at". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  3. ^ "11 Jul 1970, Page 11 - Asheville Citizen-Times at". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  4. ^ "12 May 1973, Page 7 - Asheville Citizen-Times at". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  5. ^ "11 May 1973, Page 17 - Asheville Citizen-Times at". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  6. ^ "17 Feb 1973, Page 11 - Asheville Citizen-Times at". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  7. ^ Robert Topkins and Mary Alice Hinson (April 1976). "S & W Cafeteria" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
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Coordinates: 35°34′50″N 82°31′36″W / 35.58056°N 82.526556°W / 35.58056; -82.526556