Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New downtown Asheville grocery store set to open Tuesday

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.Some of what’s going around:

-Hopey and Co. plans to open its new downtown Asheville grocery store at 45 S. French Broad Ave. on Tuesday. The 40,000-square-foot store will feature a butcher shop, pizza bar, cafe, juice bar and much more. The store will carry organic foods as well as discount groceries.

The store is an anchor in a building that is also home to the Downtown Market (open), the Sly Grog bar (open), the Grail Moviehouse (see below), Little Bee Thai restaurant (still under construction) and a new craft brewery, plans for which have not been unveiled.


-Meanwhile, at the Grail Moviehouse, work continues on the new downtown movie theater. Plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems are being installed. An early 2016 opening is planned.

The Asheville School of Film is hosting a grand opening event on Jan. 3 for potential students and the local film community. More:

Check out our newly renovated facility and meet ASoF co-owners Brad Hoover and W.S. Pivetta, and manager Beth Rhyne, as well as other guest instructors. Learn about upcoming part-time or short term classes and seminars. Stop in any time from 3-6 pm.

-A question from loyal reader Sally: Are any downtown restaurants or bars planning on showing the Downton Abbey season premier on Jan. 3? (Sally says she’s aware of the Lex 18 dinner, which is already sold out.)

-Three people have been arrested and charged Sunday with kidnapping two children, Harlee Allan Joyner, 3, and Elijah Ryan Joyner, 1. A fourth person was arrested and charged with child abuse. An Amber Alert was issued Sunday, and somebody dropped off the children at a Sheriff’s Department substation in Swannanoa, according to reports.

-Christmas Day temperature records were not broken in Asheville. The high was 66 degrees on Friday, just short of the 67-degree record set in 1955. (The official temp is recorded at the Asheville Regional Airport, btw.)



Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Josie January 2, 2016

    I have to say I kinda miss the old, slightly dirty Hopey & Co. The new fancy version is big & spread out and seems to have new, fancy prices as well.

  2. Tim Peck December 30, 2015

    “just short of the 67-degree record set in 1955”

    Damn! I was hoping that all that global warming bilge was true after all.

    1. Barry Summers December 30, 2015


      1. chris December 30, 2015



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