It’s officially official and confirmed by the AC-T and WLOS: Trader Joe’s has purchased property on Merrimon Ave. and will build between Greenlife and the new Harris Teeter.
Ashvegas blogger Jason Sandford in his guise as an AC-T reporter has the scoop: Trader Joe’s has purchased the La Carreta Mexican restaurant on Merrimon, as well as the brick building that’s been home to New York Fashions for ten years. The Benjamin Moore store on Merrimon is also affected, and plans for the new Trader Joe’s involve all of the buildings being torn down.
From the AC-T:
Fernando Sandoval, manager of the Mexican restaurant La Carreta at 100 Merrimon Ave., said Tuesday he was notified on Monday that Trader Joe’s had purchased the property and that his business would have 120 days to vacate the premises.
“That means that our dreams are in the trash,” said Sandoval.
“That’s not much time and it means 15 to 20 people will be out of jobs,” he said. “We’ve put a lot of money into this place. It feels sad.”
Via Twitter, WLOS anchor Russ Bowen shares the news about La Carreta, the New York Fashions building, and the Benjamin Moore location.
According to Bowen, the new store will be 13,000 square feet.
Trader Joe’s plans will create a sort of grocery row in North Asheville, with Greenlife, Trader Joe’s and the new Harris Teeter all lined up at the south end of Merrimon.
Look for full coverage in Wednesday’s Asheville Citizen-Times.
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