According to sources, Moog Music will purchase the long-vacant brick buildings at 170 Broadway — those located just north of the Interstate 240 overpass and across the street from the ABC liquor store — to house a retail location, museum and its famous factory.
While confirmation of the sale and further details would not be provided by Moog, a spokesman for Moog president Mike Adams did tell Xpress that an announcement of some kind will be made at 3 p.m. this Friday afternoon. Moog’s current operation is located at 2004 Riverside Drive, just north of the city.
The property housed “Dinner for the Earth,” Asheville’s first natural foods store, from 1979 to
1983 1993, and was recently sold to the Whiteside Fund of Cashiers, N.C., for $400,000.
Moog Music is known around the world for manufacturing musical instruments. The company was founded by Dr. Robert Moog, a pioneer in the industry, who is most famous for inventing the Moog synthesizer.
Jay Weatherly, owner of the Dripolator Coffee Shop (located just north of what will be Moog’s new location) was thrilled at the news: “Tapping into the deep roots of Asheville with one of the very things that makes Asheville so great. … It sounds like a perfect fit for that location,” Weatherly said.