Rumor control: Waffle House coming to downtown Asheville?


Is Waffle House moving into downtown? Thats the rumor swirling as work continues to transform the former Windsor hotel property on Broadway Street into new upstairs condos and street level retail space. I recently talked with one of the owner/developers, Brett Krueger, who told me that interest is high in the space and that it has been shown to many prospects. (Several months ago, the hot rumor was that Chipotle was going in there. More background on the Windsor here.)

Krueger told me there had been no decisions made about tenant. He said he does, indeed, want a restaurant tenant in the space that was once home to the venerable Hearn’s Bicycle shop. He also said he wants a tenant that fits with the downtown vibe.

It seems unlikely to me that a Waffle House would come downtown. We’ll wait and see.

Image link for Waffle House sign.


CHCollins August 1, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Thank goodness we will not have another Waffle House downtown. One City Hall is enough.

indie August 1, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Doesn’t anyone know when someone is pulling your leg anymore? There won’t be a Waffle House in this space people.

Orbit DVD August 1, 2013 - 2:41 pm

No one else is serving 24 hour breakfast downtown.

Jason August 1, 2013 - 10:09 am

I heard it was going to be one of the new Walmart Express stores.

Burns Aldridge August 1, 2013 - 9:57 am

I am the listing agent and this is not true…There was major interest from Waffle House but the owners didn’t feel like it was a fit for downtown.

Jason Sandford August 1, 2013 - 11:05 am

Thanks Burns.

biguglybrown August 8, 2013 - 9:53 am


Doug S. August 1, 2013 - 9:34 am

Uh, a Waffle House? This can’t be serious. Is a Dollar General going in next door too?

tom August 1, 2013 - 2:53 pm


Chris Dahlquist August 2, 2013 - 11:31 am

While Waffle House would not be a good fit, downtown needs general merchandise stores like Dollar General or something similar to serve a growing population in that area. If not DG, then what about a CVS or something along those lines?

Avl Foodie August 3, 2013 - 2:23 pm

There used to be a CVS where Urban Outfitters is now…

Big Al August 3, 2013 - 8:58 pm

I could go for DG or CVS, especially as an alternative to 2 to 3 dollar soft drinks in the restaurants.

Doug S. August 5, 2013 - 10:23 am

Downtown had a CVS that went out of business about five years ago.

Vlad Emrick August 1, 2013 - 9:31 am

It’s August 1, not April 1.

Ron August 1, 2013 - 9:20 am

You’d have to sell a lot of waffles (or burritos, or cupcakes, or whatevers) to cover $24/sf in rent. That’s downtown prime real estate.

Hal August 1, 2013 - 8:58 am

I heard it was going to be a Chipotle and Waffles

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