a historical timeline of grove arcade

Click through the dates of the timeline below to view historical times highlighted from the history of Grove Arcade and its founder E.W. Grove.

  • 1878
  • 1890
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1927
  • 1929
  • 1942
  • 1951
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 2002
  • “Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic” Invented

    E.W. Grove invents his Tasteless Chill Tonic
    Grove’s Chill Tonic may not have been exactly tasteless, but in 1878 he suspended quinine in liquid form. An instant hit!
  • Tonic Sells More Than Coca-Cola

    The chill tonic was so popular the British army made it standard issue for every soldier going off to mosquito infested lands and, by 1890, more bottles of Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic were sold than bottles of Coca-Cola.
    E.W. Grove’s product, “Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic” became so popular, that in 1890, it sold more bottles than Coca-Cola.
  • E.W. Grove Moves to Asheville

    E.W. moves to Asheville, North Carolina from Paris, Tennesse where he begins to get involved in both private and civic projects.
    In 1910, Edwin Wiley Grove settled down in Asheville, North Carolina, a place he had come to love
  • Construction Begins

    Grove understood that a successful city needed a vibrant downtown. In the early 1920s, he began plans to construct a new building to enliven the downtown of the city he had come to love.
    Grove understood that a successful city needed a vibrant downtown.In the early 1920s, he began plans to construct a new building to enliven the downtown of the city he had come to love.
  • E.W. Grove Passes Away

    Grove died in 1927, two years before the building was completed. Only the base was built, yet at 269,000 square-feet, it was by far the largest building in the region.
    Grove died in 1927, two years before his dream was completed.
  • Grand Opening

    When Grove Arcade opened in 1929, it quickly became home to a fine collection of local shops and services.
    After 9 long years of construction, in 1929, Grove Arcade held its Grand Opening.
  • Closed During World War II

    The Federal Government closed Grove Arcade in 1942 so that it could be used by the military for the duration of the war.
    In 1942, during WWII, the Grove Arcade was closed and taken over by the US government.
  • Becomes Home to National Weather Records Center

    Grove Arcade continues under Federal ownership after WWII and eventually becomes the HQ of the National Weather Records Center
    After the war, Grove Arcade continued under federal ownership and eventually became the headquarters of the National Climatic Data Center. It was an ideal location to house millions of pages of weather records and a rapidly expanding collection of computer punch cards.
  • Added to National Register of Historic Places

    Grove Arcade becomes the fist enclosed mall on the National Register of Historic Places
    In 1976, Grove Arcade became the first enclosed mall in America to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Govt. Announces Plan to Remodel Grove Arcade

    Public support begins to grow to remodel the Arcade and return it to its original use.
    Public support began to grow for a plan to return the Arcade to its original use.
  • Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation Forms

    Concerned citizens form together to restore and preserve the historical integrity of Grove Arcade.
    In 1992, a group of concerns citizens banded together to form the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation to restore and preserve the building.
  • NWRC Vacates Grove Arcade

    The NWRC vacates Grove Arcade following the completion of their new building and title, National Climatic Data Center.
    In 1995, the National Weather Records Center vacates Grove Arcade, refining the mission to bring the building back to its original glory.
  • 198-Year Lease Signed

    City of Asheville signs a 198-year lease with the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation
    In 1997, the City of Asheville acquired title to the building under the National Monument Act and signed a 198-year lease with the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation.
  • Grove Arcade Reopens

    The Grove Arcade was reopened during 2002 under the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation and the City of Asheville.
    In 2002, Grove Arcade reopened, restoring the heart and character of E.W. Grove’s mission for the building and Downtown Asheville.