Word on the street: Golden Corral coming to Kmart shopping center off Patton Ave. in West Asheville


Word on the street is that a new Golden Corral will be located on the spot where an old tire center now sits next to the Kmart shopping center off of Patton Avenue in West Asheville. This isn’t confirmed yet, but it’s no secret Golden Corral has been looking for a spot in Ashvegas for awhile. This is what a restaurant spokesman told the Asheville Citizen-Times last month:

Dave Gronewoller of GCPartners Inc., out of Winston-Salem, said he could not give a specific location, but his company has found a spot in Asheville for a Golden Corral.

“We do have a location, and we’re real close to having the deal done,” he said. “It is in the city limits. We’ve got a building to demolish.”

We’ll keep our eyes peeled.


Margaret February 22, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Believe it or not, you can go to “troughs” such as Golden Corral and eat relatively healthy, if you stick to the variety of salads, fruit, and roasted meats. It takes a lot of self-discipline. The chocolate waterfall is a “get thee behind me satan,” tempter!

Harry Sax February 23, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Thanks for the tip, Jack Palance

Jan January 13, 2014 - 3:45 pm

In case anyone was wondering, it’s the same as eating at a Ryan’s.

Big Al January 13, 2014 - 2:29 pm

This restaurant is being built for the oldsters of Buncombe. Hateful hipsters, stay on Haywood Road where you belong. You will both be happier.

Patrick August 9, 2013 - 6:18 pm

It think it would be nice to see something new on Patton ave. It’s a dirty run down stretch of highway. New business and new life are needed to bring modern life to the area. They should start by tearing down the eyesore of the old Kmart like their doing everywhere else. No one takes care of their buildings out there. Seems like a prime spot for development. All restaurants have dirty practices including local ones. Local restaurants aren’t special in this sense.

weavervilleman August 9, 2013 - 5:45 pm

its great to support the companies based in NC, and Golden Corral is one of them.

TD August 9, 2013 - 2:20 pm

At least it is a NC owned company. In the past they have been very supportive of our military troops, disabled veterans, and the Children’s Miracle Network.

AVL LVR August 9, 2013 - 2:12 pm

I love Golden Corral. Before I moved to Asheville, the new Golden Corral in Springfield, MA was biggest talk of the area. It will be awesome to go to it here too. I know it is not the most healthy food, but it is good to be “bad” sometimes.

Jack August 8, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Perfect. I won’t know if I’m eating a tire or a steak

Stu Helm January 13, 2014 - 11:07 am

Booo! NG. Golden Coral is some of the worst slop I’ve ever eaten in my life. I went to one out of desperation once, and couldn’t believe how bad it was. Disgusting, unhealthy, GMO, corn syrup, plastic, deep fried, MSG laden, non-food of the most offensive kind. The fact that this corporation is headquartered in NC doesn’t make it “local.” Where do the get their “food?” Where do they bank their dollars? Bad news. Sorry, Patton Ave, I feel bad for you if this is an indication of your future.

Stu Helm January 13, 2014 - 11:08 am

Oops, sorry, I didn’t mean to leave my comment as a response to yours. I love your comment, though!

Joanne October 14, 2015 - 10:05 pm

Golden Corral has the best food and such a variety of food choices. You can’t beat the price. I’m sure there will be long lines to get in.

Big Poppa J August 8, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Disgraceful! They should change their name to “The Hog’s Troth”. The food is disgusting. How could a city like avl let this happen?!?!?!?!?

NFB January 13, 2014 - 1:14 pm


What is that supposed to mean? If you get out of your little bubble you’ll find that there is very much a market in Asheville for such a place. It isn’t my kind of place by any stretch of the imagination but neither one of us are under any obligation to eat there.

NFB January 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

My above comment was in replay to this:

“How could a city like avl let this happen?!?!?!?!?”

My formatting didn’t work, I guess.

Tard Nation August 8, 2013 - 4:16 pm

No thanks

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