The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Grove Arcade
Public Market

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Grove Arcade Entrance Griffin, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas  
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio

The Grove Arcade Public Market was the dream of E.W. Grove, a self-made millionaire who moved to Asheville in the early 1900s, where he conceived of the Arcade as “the most elegant building in America,” and as a new type of retail center. When the Arcade opened in 1929, it quickly became home to a collection of local shops and services. For 13 years, the Arcade was the major commercial and civic center in Western North Carolina. The Federal Government took over the building in 1942, following America’s entry into World War II, evicting all retail and office tenants. Following the war’s end, the Arcade continued under Federal ownership.
    In 1992 a group of community leaders and concerned citizens formed the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation, a non-profit organization. In that same year, the Federal Government announced plans to build a new facility. Three years later it was completed and in 1997 the City of Asheville acquired title to the Grove Arcade under the National Monument Act. The U.S. General Services Administration formally gave the building to the City of Asheville at no cost, and a 198-year lease was promptly signed with the Foundation at $1.00 per year. The revitalized Grove Arcade now features over 50 specialty stores, restaurants, offices and apartments and is open to the public daily. Check out the great stone griffins that guard the north entrance!

Website: Grove Arcade Public Market
Location: The Arcade is located just west of Haywood Street and the Civic Center in downtown
Asheville, an easy walk 10-minute from Pack Square.
Directions: From Pack Square proceed east on Patton Avenue, turn left onto Haywood Street and then left onto Battery Park. The Arcade will be ahead on your right.
Parking: Parking Garages are marked in gold and will be found on Otis Street (Wall Street Parking Garage), off Haywood Street or Rankin Avenue (Civic Center Parking Garage), and Rankin Avenue (Rankin Parking Garage). The first hour is free from 10am-7pm M-F.



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