Asheville Mall

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Asheville Mall
Location Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Address 3 South Tunnel Road
Opening date July 30, 1971
No. of stores and services 132
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 974,399 sq ft (90,524.6 m2).
(GLA)[1]
No. of floors 1( 2 in Belk, Dillards, Sears, JCPenney and Barnes and Noble)
Website Asheville 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, J. C. Penney, Sears, and two Dillard's locations, Dillard's South and Dillard's North & it has 132 stores and is the largest mall in Western North Carolina. It also dominates the areas retail.

History[edit]

Asheville Mall opened in 1971 with anchors The Bon Marche, Belk, and Sears. The S & W Cafeteria moved to the Mall from downtown Asheville in 1974.[1] 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 with a Chick Fil-A, Sbarro, Charley's Grilled Subs, Sarku Japan, Panda Express & a Little Cajun Star. The mall also expanded a wing from J. C. Penney to Belk adding about 30 stores. 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. In 2012 a new sit-in restaurant came to Asheville Mall called Wild Wok, a Sushi and Asian Restaurant. In March 2009, Barnes & Noble relocated their store to the Asheville Mall. The store is two stories and is the largest Barnes & Noble store in the state. In order to make room for the store, Gap and Champ's Sports were relocated. H&M announced its coming to the mall in late 2013 and opened in mid-2014, but in order to make room Abercrombie & Fitch had to close along with other stores and moved to Asheville Outlets about 6 miles away.In 2011, Belk nearly doubled their ladie's shoes and handbag departments. Both were relocated to the front of the store. A Coach section and Laura Mercier Cosmetics counter were also added.

Anchors[edit]

  • Belk 156,000 sq ft (14,500 m2).
  • Dillard's Ladies' 122,820 sq ft (11,410 m2).
  • Dillard's Men's, Children's, Home 92,484 sq ft (8,592.0 m2).
  • J. C. Penney 130,500 sq ft (12,120 m2).
  • Sears 221,448 sq ft (20,573.2 m2).

Junior Anchors[edit]

Former anchors[edit]

  • Bon Marche (became Meyers-Arnold)
  • Meyers-Arnold (became Upton's in 1987)
  • Upton's (became Montgomery Ward in 1994)
  • Montgomery Ward (became Dillard's Men's, Children's, and Home in 2002)
  • Ivey's (became Dillard's in 1990, then Dillard's Ladies' around 2002)


References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°34′50″N 82°31′36″W / 35.58056°N 82.526556°W / 35.58056; -82.526556