The largest regional mall in Western North Carolina is the Asheville Mall; boasting over 930,000 square feet of retail space and 4,753 parking spaces. The Asheville Mall has 132 retail locates with five department stores and 15 eateries in the food court. As of the spring of 2008 the anchor stores in the mall where Belk, Dillard’s North, Dillard’s South, JCPenny and Sears. The Asheville Mall is located on Tunnel Road just off of Exit 7 on Hwy 240 in East Asheville. According to the mall’s website they are the primary regional mall for over 630,000 residents of Western NC. The Asheville Mall does not contain a movie theater; however the UA Baucatcher 7 is conveniently located directly across the street. The mall is home to a wide range of stores. For many of these retailers the Asheville Mall is their only location in the region. To see a complete list of stores in the Asheville Mall visit the Mall’s Online Directory.
Asheville Mall History
In 1971 construction began on the first regional shopping mall in Asheville, known simply as the Asheville Mall. The project was undertaken by Coleman Development on a 62-acre parcel located three miles East of downtown Asheville near Hwy 240. The original structure anchored by the 194,000 square feet Sears store at the north end of the mall, as well as, Charlotte-based Ivey’s, and Asheville-based Bon Marche’. Several years after opening, another anchor was added with the completion of the Charlotte-based Belk department store.
Despite significant renovations in 2000, the Asheville Mall, still remains true to its original, single level, fully enclosed design. This may all be changing however, as in the winter of 2008 the Asheville Mall announced plans remodel several sections of the mall to include exterior storefronts.