Photos: Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter construction site, Merrimon Ave.


Here’s a quick look at what the construction sites for the new Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter stores on Merrimon Avenue. Both stores should be opening later this year. The two sites are adjacent to one another at the intersection of Merrimon and Chestnut.

There’s on ongoing debate about what else might locate on the Harris Teeter site. Asheville City Council debated the topic on Tuesday. Word on the street is that a Chick-fil-A and a Chipotle want to put restaurants on the site.


JanClare March 14, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Do you have any idea what month Trader Joe’s will open? Is it still looking like it will happen this year?

Jason Sandford March 15, 2013 - 7:03 pm

yes, open later this year, JanClare.

JanClare March 19, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Thank you, Jason. I know they have knocked down the old buildings- have they broken ground? Does it look like the fall or winter before they open? I’m sorry for the questions- I actually work for a Trader Joe’s in Illinois and am hoping to transfer. But they are not very forthcoming with a date range of when and I’m trying to figure out when I might have to put my house up. Thought maybe the construction people down there might have a better idea.

Again, thank you for any information.

Jason Sandford March 20, 2013 - 12:29 pm

JanClare, I’ll ask for an update. You’re correct – the old buildings have been knocked down but it still looks like the site is being prepared for new construction.

JanClare April 11, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Hi Jason!

Any chance you were able to find out about the progress? Just checking.

Asking price for Asheville's Harris Teeter location on Merrimon: $9.7 million February 18, 2013 - 3:55 pm

[…] $9.7 million. That comes just a few days after we noted the Charlotte Observer’s report that Harris Teeter, the company, is up for sale. That story speculated that a supermarket competitor might buy the company, or that a private […]

Mary Ann Reeley February 10, 2013 - 7:48 am

Jason, we just drove by there yesterday, and believed that we saw a sign indicating there might be construction for a college extension location; I think it said Wilson College (could not read it very well). Can you confirm this? Having another college accessible to downtown would be great. Thanks.

SuckItMcGee January 24, 2013 - 3:41 pm

FYI, the pink house in the background of the last picture is for sale, though quite a fixer-upper:

Jason Sandford January 24, 2013 - 4:31 pm


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