So a little bird told me the big building on the corner of Haywood and Patton has a new lease. Has anyone ever wondered what the rent is? I was shocked at the price but figured one day Ingles would make it a gas station. Any guesses as to who is opening up there? Think national.
Commenters on the thread have been throwing out a ton of guesses – listing everything from a Big Lots to an REI store to a big development in the style of Biltmore Park. The site was once home to an Ingle’s grocery store, and then a Rush gym for a short time. It has been sitting vacant for several years. Anyone have any intel?
I’ve been chronicling the Haywood Road building boom, which really took off last year and appears to be rolling right along this year. Here’s a recap of 2013 action:
The opening of several new restaurants and businesses along Haywood Road in 2013 moved West Asheville into “destination” territory, right alongside the River Arts District and downtown Asheville. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s going on on Haywood Road: Wood & Spoon vintage home goods store opens; The Brew Pump bar-in-a-gas-station opens; The Mothlight music venue opens; Burgermeister’s closed and the Barleycorn gastropub opened in its place; the Haywood Cyclery bike shop opened. Restaurants in the works along Haywood Road but not yet open: Nine Mile West, King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffles, the doughnut shop Hole and Buffalo Nickel restaurant. Second Gear remodeled and expanded, and the Rhetorical Factory shop is in also in the works. Owners of the Asheville Sandwich Shop bought the former Digable Pizza building and announced plans for a new eatery there. (There’s a new coffee shop, called Odd’s Cafe, in the works next door to the former Digable. And there’s a new honey bar coming to Haywood Road in February.)
Keep an eye on even more development as work continues on New Belgium Brewing’s new $175 million East Coast Brewery nearby.