Grocery beat: Ingles Markets has been busy with real estate transactions across NC


By loyal reader Tiger:

Ingles Markets has been busy in recent weeks with real estate transactions in North Carolina. Two stores are up for replacement and rebuild. One store may be relocating or may be accompanied by an addition store.

Ingles Markets #58, 1678 Brown Avenue, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786-4980:
Ingles Markets, doing business as Ingles Hazelwood Exchange LLC, has purchased the retail center store 58 operates at.

I predict this store will close temporarily for a rebuild after store 23’s expansion and rebuild is complete.

Ingles Markets #78, Westpark Shopping Center, 3219 Taylorsville Highway, Statesville, North Carolina 28625-2966:
Ingles Markets, doing business as Ingles Statesville Exchange LLC, has purchased parcels at 714, 716 and 740 Sullivan Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28677-3440. The site is south of Interstate 40 and several blocks away from a Publix store locating at North Point.

Either store 78 will be relocating to a replacement store in another trade area, or the Sullivan Road site will be Ingles Markets’ second store in Statesville.
Ingles Markets has purchased Whistle Stop Mall, 1281 Georgia Road, Franklin, 28734-9275. Existing tenants have until January to relocate.

I predict store 114 is relocating to a new site with a replacement store.

Note: Ingles responded via Twitter that they are building new stores in Lenoir City and Greeneville, Tenn. Also, a reader adds that recently bought the former Walmart center in Franklin where they currently have a store, paying nearly $4 million.

Additional note from Tiger: Ingles Markets has not constructed a new store in South Carolina since 2008. I know there are seven store sites in Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee and Spartanburg counties for replacement and additional stores. Stores that have opened since 1996 have undergone improvements such as replacing video departments with pharmacies and adding fuel centers. I will let you know what I can find out south of the border.


Zilu March 8, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Do you have any data on the properties that Ingles has sold?

Dianne December 24, 2015 - 8:22 pm

I do not go to Ingles and I live in west asheville. I think it is a shame that ingles is buying up all this property and preventing walmart, target and other grocery stores to come to west asheville. Thepeople in west asheville say walmart has monoply,where, every where you go you see Ingles. I think it is is politics that is letting Ingles build all these stores. I will waste gas and go to the other side of town to keep from going to Ingles.

Tiger January 8, 2016 - 11:13 pm

Ingles is active acquiring sites for additional or replacement stores. Publix is further expanding across western North Carolina.

chad November 13, 2015 - 12:32 am

Ingles doesn’t get any of my money… keep building these massive clean new stores out in the boonies and let West Asheville stores rot!

if I have to leave my neighborhood and drive across town to go to a better store…. I’ll just take the hint and go to Harris Teeter… clearly Ingles doesn’t want my money or they wouldn’t have allowed Haywood Rd and Leicester/Patton stores fall into such a state of filth and lackadaisical management. The Haywood meat department in particular is a joke, the store reminds me of an old run-down IGA

Tiger November 17, 2015 - 5:33 pm

I do not know the latest in the replacement of store 31 (153 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville, North Carolina 28806-1138). I wonder if construction of the new store will start after store 24 (863 Brevard Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28806-2205) reopens in its rebuilt store.

Tiger November 10, 2015 - 6:06 pm

The new store in Greeneville, Tennessee is store 70 (2845 East Andrew Johnson Highway, Greeneville, Tennessee 37745-0957). It is currently undergoing a rebuild like store 24 (863 Brevard Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28806-2205).

The new store for Lenoir City, Tennessee will be the next store 71 (Lenoir City Plaza, 404 Highway 321 North Suite 1, Lenoir City Tennessee 37771-2065).

I see Ingles Markets’ new store activities are in North Carolina and Tennessee. I would be curious to know if it plans new stores, both additional and replacement, in South Carolina. The replacement store 202 (2375 Chesnee Highway, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-5506) in 2008 was the last new store to be built.

Greg November 10, 2015 - 9:52 am

Store #78 in Statesville should be preserved as a time capsule. When I went in that store it felt like I had gone back in time. My source tells me it was last remodeled in 1981.

Tiger November 10, 2015 - 11:08 am

Store 78 is one of two stores I know still in operation with Ingles Markets’ earliest implementation of vestibules. You enter the door into the vestibule, go through another door, and pick up the shopping cart on the right. Store 29, Moonville Plaza, 7616 Augusta Road, Piedmont, South Carolina 29673-9652, is the other store.

Smashville November 10, 2015 - 9:27 am

For the love of all things that are holy please replace the Haywood Rd Ingles! The produce turns brown after you leave a 30 foot radius of the store. Get with the times!

Agreed November 10, 2015 - 3:37 pm

OMG, yes please!! That is the closest grocery store to my house, but I usually end up going across town to another Ingles that has a better selection. I HATE that Ingles.

Tiger November 11, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Stores 2 (7 New Leicester Highway, Asheville, North Carolina 28806-2725) and 5 (669 Haywood Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28806-3257) may be limited on space on their present sites for rebuilds. Smaller stores can still be effective if they are remodeled, are reorganized, and can add pharmacy and Starbucks.

Big Al November 10, 2015 - 10:17 pm

How will replacing the store make your veggies stay fresher longer?

Tiger November 10, 2015 - 12:30 am

Ingles Markets also acquired Holly Springs Plaza in Franklin in September. Store 132, 183 Holly Springs Plaza, Franklin, North Carolina 28734-9432, operates there.

After the acquisition of Whistle Stop Mall, two of three Ingles stores in Franklin may be replaced with new stores either on the same location or on a new location.

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