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Alamo Drafthouse to join in AVL Mall redevelopment
Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:08

From Staff Reports 

A proposed redevelopment project at the Asheville Mall with “food, beer and films are now all planned for the old Sears and auto center location with an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” Asheville’s WLOS-TV News 13 reported on Dec. 18.

“News 13 found out about the new development through a new earnings report,”  WLOS reported. “The restaurant, bar and movie theater would be a portion of the proposed re-development there.

“Plans also call for a 204-unit apartment complex, restaurants and retail space.”

However, the project would require approval by Asheville City Council.

“We called the developer and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, but haven’t heard back as of news time,” News 13 said of the Texas-based theater chain.

Also on Dec. 18, the Asheville Citizen Times reported that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will “join the Asheville Mall as part of an estimated $45 million redevelopment project to modernize the facility with restaurants and high-density residential housing, its developer said in a recent earnings report.”

In the report cited by the ACT, developer Seritage Growth Properties said Alamo will be in the space formerly occupied by a Sears store and auto center, which closed in July. 

Seritage stated that Alamo “would join the mall amid the New York-based developer’s major reimagining of the property that is planned to include new retail stores, restaurants and 204 multifamily housing units in addition to the 10-screen multiplex movie theater,” the Citizen Times noted.

Asked by the ACT about its inclusion in the Seritage report on Dec. 18, an Alamo spokesperson told the newspaper that the company has “no information to share at this time.”

The Citizen Times noted that that Alamo also declined comment last year “when a now-deleted plan was posted on the mall’s ownership group’s website showing the theater chain as a future tenant. 

“If it comes to fruition, it would be Alamo’s second North Carolina location after opening its first last year in Raleigh.

“Alamo has nearly 50 theaters operating or in development in Texas, New York, Virginia, Arizona and Nebraska, among others, its website shows. Asheville is not among the locations listed on its website,” the Citizen Times reported.



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