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THE BLOCK off biltmore joins list of businesses closing amid pandemic

THE BLOCK off biltmore joins list of businesses closing amid pandemic
In a social media post on July 11, the owners of THE BLOCK off biltmore said they have "joined the growing list of local businesses fatally impacted by COVID-19." (Photo credit: WLO Staff)

A cornerstone in the Asheville community known for its social activism is closing its doors.

THE BLOCK off biltmore announced it is closing due to the impacts of the pandemic. In a social media post Saturday owner Cam MacQueen said they have "joined the growing list of local businesses fatally impacted by COVID-19."

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“Some of the stuff she’s done, like disaster relief, is going to be sorely missed,” longtime employee Calvin Allen said about MacQueen. “Hopefully we can start over somewhere else, even if it’s not a bar, just have a place to do and continue doing the good things in life.”

In the post they say they held on for as long as they could continuing their mission and even giving away 700 masks to those in need.

They also say they plan to keep meal service going with the support of donations from local businesses.

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