"We'll be out [of the Grove Arcade] by the end of the month; we don't know exactly when," says co-owner Ron Ainspan. Sometime in June, the store will reopen (with a new name) in West Asheville's Bledsoe Building.
Financial pressures, he says, forced the grocery to shut down its Grove Arcade operation. "We've been struggling to make ends meet over here, and we got behind a bit in rent over the winter, and we weren't able to come to an agreement over getting current" with the Grove Arcade ownership.
The new store will resemble the Grove Corner Market in some but not all respects. "It will change," Ainspan reports. "I think that we want to be a combination grocery and deli, offering things like specialty cheeses and wine and beer. We'll definitely do a much larger natural-foods selection, with lots of produce."
Ainspan and business partner Rosanne Kiely are still interested in downtown Asheville, however. "We haven't given up on the idea of reopening in a location elsewhere downtown," he notes. "If the right opportunity came along, we'd certainly look into it."
Meanwhile, the West Asheville store is looking for a name. "We are taking suggestions," says Ainspan. "If anyone has got a good idea for a name, we'll entertain it."