By D. Lanier Shook April 26, 2016
For those who live in Enka-Candler life is getting better and better. Shopping, dining, and education are booming without any sign of stopping. Although other areas of the city are booming themselves, the rate of growth in Enka-Candler are startling.
Enka-Candler has long been a sleeping giant in many respects, overshadowed by growth to the South, but its caught up fast. However, key ingredients in this growth spike were easy to see. The Biltmore Square Mall, former Enka plant site, several housing developments, a solid middle class population in place, and close proximity to both interstates.
About a year a half ago I posted an article detailing nine construction projects going on in the area. (Click here to read the article, its still good.) Most of those projects are complete, many are almost finished, and new ones have begun. After spending a few days in the area on business of my own, I felt it was time for an update.
Obviously the Asheville Outlets is open and doing great. If you haven’t been there you are missing so much. The Outlet Center is more than a great place to shop, its an incredible place to be. At the end of a long day there’s nothing I enjoy more than sitting on one of their shaded benches, enjoying a drink and the day’s Wall Street Journal. Unless I’m relaxing in the food court reading a book or blogging. (The plentiful USB and AC power outlets come in very handy.)
You’ll want to click here to visit their website, but the new Starbucks is only making things better. The Outlets also host events regularly. Of course, nothing feels better than finding a bargain, like the book on Galileo I found at the Bible Outlet for only two dollars. (Its awesome.) They’re also getting new stores all the time, like Starbucks and Restoration Hardware.
The number of new schools in Enka-Candler reflects the population growth. There are two charter schools already open — Franklin School of Innovation and IC Imagine — plus a new Enka Intermediate going in at the intersection of Sandhill and Sardis. All this does lead to the question, when will Sardis Road be widened and rumors are it won’t be long. Click here for a article by the Citizen Times’ John Boyle, click here to read an article about the effect of the new Intermediate School on traffic, and click here to read another Citizen Times’ article about road widening in the area.
Of course, no article about growth in the area would be complete without discussing Ingle’s Markets. Not only is there a new one open at the intersection of Smoky Park Highway and Sandhill Road, construction is ongoing at the site of the old one across from the Asheville Outlets. (Click here to visit the impressive Ingle’s website.)
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg in the area. There’s work going on at the old Enka plant site and several other new restaurants in the area. But the question I have to ask is what does this mean to you? Why should you pay attention to this growth and this article.
First, this makes Enka-Candler a great place to visit, shop, and dine at. It will save you time and money to be closer to home. And that’s something we all can use.
Second, all of this makes Enka-Candler a great place to live. Not only is it a very large area, but new housing complexes are going in seemingly daily. (Two on Clayton Road, one on Brevard Road south of Asheville Outlets near the Arboretum.) So if you’re relocating to Asheville or relocating within Asheville, think Enka-Candler.
Last but not least, if you own a business or work for work, there’s still time to get in on the ground floor in the Enka-Candler area. The Asheville Outlets still have some room left for shopping and dining. There’s still valuable real estate left for opportunities. This would be a great time to save money and make money at the same time.