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).
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.


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.


  • 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)


  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. 

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