A new food and sundries shop is coming to the corner of College Street and North Lexington Avenue in 2016. The Lexington Corner Market promises to be a traditional corner store with grab-and-go-style food, sandwiches, snacks and a curated collection of conveniences and necessities that will range from upscale to generic. Adorn Salon & Boutique owner Rebecca Hecht secured the space at 56 College St., currently the home of the EDGE Furniture Gallery, this month. She takes over the lease on the first of the year in 2016.
With her new business, Hecht hopes to provide a needed business to downtown while honoring the history of the Lexington Avenue neighborhood, which once was home to the Lexington Avenue Curb Market and a poultry processing plant. She plans to display historic photos that reflect the personality of the neighborhood before the construction of the Asheville Civic Center (now the U.S. Cellular Center) and the Interstate 240 loop. “This will be a very Asheville kind of store with something for everyone,” says Hecht. She emphasizes the space will not be a café or coffee shop.
Hecht points out the need within the neighborhood for such a business. With downtown short-term rentals and hotels booming, it makes sense to consider providing necessities for tourists. “It’s like when we go to the beach: You’ve driven four to six hours to get there, your car is full with all of your family and luggage, and it’s just exhausting to think about going grocery shopping as soon as you check in,” she explains.
Plans for the space are in the beginning stages, but at this point the focus is on providing simple offerings such as sandwiches, snacks, local beer and wine, convenience items including toothbrushes and diapers plus basic sundries. Hecht says the the store will also offer fresh local produce sourced by food and day manager Sam Leppin, who will supervise purchasing and inventory. Projected store hours will be 7 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.-midnight on weekends.