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Biltmore Mall to be transformed into outlet center

| May 13, 2013 | Comments (17)

Asheville_OutletsWLOS and the Asheville Citizen-Times had this over the weekend, so I’m playing catch up. Here’s the word fromĀ www.nedevelopment.com:

Asheville Outlets will be THE destination for outlet shopping in the greater Asheville, North Carolina market. Developed by New England Development in partnership with Tremont Realty Capital, this 325,000 square foot open air center will feature top manufacturers and retail outlets and is slated to open in 2014. With no other outlet center within 80 miles, the retailers at Asheville Outlets are sure to thrive from the strong residential and tourism markets.

Ideally located five miles southwest of downtown Asheville at the I-26 and Route191 interchange, Asheville Outlets has excellent regional access. The Asheville metropolitan market is a regional and economic hub for western North Carolina and Asheville itself has a strong and growing visitor market. More than 9.35 million people visit the Asheville region each year, of which more than 3 million stay overnight.

Asheville is a thriving mountain city with an eclectic downtown, art galleries, a world-class culinary and craft beer scene, a burgeoning live music scene, and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This unique city has earned national acclaim by numerous media outlets and publications as an ideal place to live, visit, and do business.
Excellent regional access with location on I-26
Location at Exit 33 is one of the region’s primary entrances to the Blue Ridge Parkway
Five miles southwest of downtown Asheville
More than 9.3 million annual visitors to Asheville region
3 million visitors stay overnight, with an average stay of 2.8 nights and an average party size is 2.6 persons
Average household income of typical visitor is in excess of $100,000
Barron’s has named Asheville as #1 of the 15 Best Places for Second Homes.

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  1. Matt Popowski says:

    Heard Anything New About this Recently? Still OPening In 2014? I Heard A Couple Months Ago That Cinebarre Was Hiring For All Positions… Do You Know Where They’ll Be Located? It’s One Of My Fav. Theaters In Town.

  2. Richard says:

    Few things as appealing as an outdoor mall in the winter.

  3. luther blissett says:

    I can see it possibly working as a regional thing: nearest outlet malls are probably Gaffney and Blowing Rock. BSM isn’t going to work as anything else without knocking it down.

    Outlet stores aren’t really “outlets” any more, at least not like the J. Crew outlet down by the airport: they just sell cheaper versions of the brand names.

  4. Hiker says:

    What about the Discount Dillards? I hope they stay in town.

  5. John says:

    This is the only route to success for the BSM.

  6. weavervilleman says:

    The reason WHY the Income is over 59 thousand dollars is because you have to look at Biltmore Park, Biltmore Lake and the lower-income housing over a 5-10 mile radius. Average the rates up and PRESTO you have around 60 thousand dollars.

  7. Locavore says:

    And the Health Adventure?

    • Murphy says:

      other coverage of this change indicates that all tenants will be required to vacate during the demolition and construction …

      WLOS and the CT have both reported that the Health Adventure is looking for new digs …

  8. White Lightnin' says:

    What will this mean for Cinnebar? That place is the only thing BSM has going for it now. Will they still be part of this new thing?

  9. Vlad Emrick says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it. There have been so many plans, rumors, and speculation over the years when it comes to this place.

  10. cranky says:

    Average Household Income $59,721 — really?

  11. cranky says:

    Average Household Income $59,721 – since when?

  12. Laura says:

    They will have to redo the exit ramp, or this will be a nightmare. Traffic will be backed up onto the interstate. At least there will be some life in this mall now.

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