The Grove Corner Market, a small but well-stocked grocery located in Asheville’s Grove Arcade since 2003, plans to leave its downtown location and set up shop in the space soon to be vacated by the Haywood Road Market in West Asheville, which recently closed.
“We’ll be out [of the Grove Arcade] by the end of the month; we don’t know exactly when,” market co-owner Ron Ainspan told Xpress today. Then, the store will open in West Asheville’s Bledsoe Building some time in June, with a new name.
Ainspan said financial pressures forced the market to shut down its Grove Arcade location. “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, he said.
The new store, which will be in the location of the recently closed Haywood Road Market, will share some similarities with the Grove Corner Market’s current offerings but introduce some differences as well. “It will change,” Ainspan said. “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 national-foods selection, with lots of produce.”
He added that he and business partner Rosanne Kiely would still like to run a downtown-Asheville grocery. “We haven’t given up on the idea of re-opening in a location elsewhere downtown,” he said. “If the right opportunity came along, we’d certainly look into it.”
As for the new store, it is currently nameless. “We are taking suggestions,” Ainspan said. “If anyone has got a good idea for a name, we’ll entertain it.”
— Jon Elliston, managing editor