The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a theater chain founded in 1997 in Austin Texas.
ASHEVILLE — A site plan posted onÂ the Asheville Mall’s ownership group’s websiteÂ has raised questions as to whether popular theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema could be a future tenant there.
The plan listed by New York-basedÂ Seritage Growth Properties shows Alamo as a tenant at 1 S. Tunnel Road in a space currently occupied by a Sears store. It indicates that Alamo, which soon will open its first North Carolina location in Raleigh, would occupy 46,557 square feet in the mall, adding an entertainment optionÂ among of host of retail stores such as Belk, JCPenney, Dillard’s and Barnes & Noble.
In an email Wednesday, Alamo spokesperson Brandy Fons declined to comment.
Additionally, Seritage Growth Properties did not immediately respond to a reporter’s emailÂ for comment on the site plan.
Even as Sears Holdings has shuttered more than 250 stores the past few years, largely the result of slumping sales amidÂ changing consumer interests, its Asheville Mall location has not been marked for closure. As of Wednesday, the store and auto center still are listed among the mall’s tenants on its website.
The Sears store within the mall was sold to Seritage in 2015Â in an agreement where Sears Holdings then leasedÂ the store back from them,Â Howard Riefs, director of Corporate Communications for Sears, told the Citizen-Times this week. Under the agreement, Riefs said Seritage has the ability to recapture the space occupied by the Sears Auto Center location and up to half of the space occupied by the store.
However, Seritage has not yet exercised that contractual clause, he said.
“We have not received any notice that Seritage has immediate plans to change the store footprint or recapture the auto center space,” he said.Â “As such,…