When it is ready, the new Ingles supermarket for Marion will have a Starbucks, a pharmacy, an Asian food express eatery and a gas station so common with other large stores in the chain.
Furthermore, Burkes Outlet will move to the West Henderson Street location and a Zips Car Wash will be built close to the bypass.
In December of last year, crews started the process of demolishing the old buildings next to the current Ingles store. The buildings that used to be Rite Aid, the Moore’s department store and the Hallmark store were cleared out to make way for a new and much bigger Ingles. Since then, construction crews have been at work building the new 71,886-square-foot supermarket along with other structures for additional businesses.
A site plan from Ingles that has been submitted to the Marion City Hall’s Planning Department shows the new supermarket will have a pharmacy with a drive-up section and the gas stations that have now become almost standard with the chain. Heather Cotton, planning director for the city, said the new store will have a Starbucks and an Asian express eatery. It will also have a larger deli/bakery like the stores in Black Mountain and Morganton.
The gas station will be located along the lower end of the parking lot along West Henderson Street. In addition, the plans from Ingles call for charging stations so electric vehicles can be recharged, similar to the ones at the Tailgate Market.
In addition, Burkes Outlet will move from its current location at the Marion City Square. It will be housed inside an 8,000-square-foot retail space at the far end of the Ingles complex, close to the bypass, according to Cotton.
Ingles is building additional structures at the site that will be used by other retail businesses. There are two smaller spaces for shops on the other end closer to downtown and a large 20,950-square-foot space right next to the Ingles store. Cotton said Ingles usually puts a fitness center in that big space. However, since there are other fitness centers already in Marion the supermarket chain has chosen not to do that here, she said, adding she doesn’t know what will go in the 20,950-square-foot section.
In addition, the site plan calls for another section for retail shops beside the Burkes Outlet. Cotton said it remains to be determined what Ingles has planned for those spaces too.
On the property beside the U.S. 221 Bypass, a Zips Car Wash will be located, according to Cotton.
Zips Car Wash is an express tunnel wash, located in 14 states with 137 customer service centers. Customers can have their automobiles go through the car wash and watch them getting cleaned while having coffee or snacks.
“Founded on service and leadership, our goal is to provide the best customer service and quality wash in the industry,” reads the company’s Web site. “With the help of our exceptional team members, we make sure our customers are satisfied with a shining, like-new ride. Our technological advancements have allowed us to provide a safe and gentle wash towards vehicles and the environment. At each location all chemicals used are eco-friendly, plus our recycling system saves energy and water with every wash. As we continue to grow, we hope to make a difference in not only the appearance of your vehicle, but in our customer’s lives and our communities.”
The Zips Car Wash locations closest to Marion are in Asheville (on Patton Avenue and Tunnel Road), Arden (on Airport Road), Weaverville (on Gill Road) and Hickory (on U.S. 70), according to the company’s Web site.