Thanks to everyone who stopped by our tent at the Carrboro store on Sunday the 10th to talk about the new Raleigh store opening. Members of our Board of Directors were on hand to answer questions, along with Bill King, Director of Planning and Development for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
Many asked about the location of the store, which will be located in Raleigh’s Warehouse District (see map). Bill told us that our store “will be part of the first real Transit-Oriented Development in Raleigh, as it will be located next to Union Station, which will host both Amtrak trains and in the next few years, commuter rail connecting downtown to nearby cities in Wake County and RTP.”
Bill went on to tell us the new location will be on West Street, “extended underneath the nearby railroad tracks and connect to the neighborhoods just south of the tracks, which are also rapidly growing. This project was approved in [Wake County’s] most recent transportation bond.”
“Owners were very interested to learn the details of what the Raleigh store will look like,” said board member Linda Stier, “including the possible new features and opportunities: indoor eating mezzanine, outdoor eating balcony, kitchen demo area, community meeting room and the opportunity to close off the street for special events. There was a sense of pride in the accomplishment—that what we’re all a part of in Orange County is being recognized and welcomed in downtown Raleigh.”
“It was such a joy to be able to share the journey of our growing co-op with long-time owners,” said board member Jon McDonald, a worker-owner who leads our bakery team. “Some have been around since the beginning! It made me excited to think about what we’re capable of in the next 30 years.”
We’re excited to join Raleigh’s vibrant downtown community and to share the co-op experience with local residents who value sustainable food and healthy communities. This new market will strengthen Weaver Street’s mission by inviting more people to join the co-op movement, driving sales that will increase our buying power and improve our prices, and providing an entryway to new partnerships with local food producers in eastern North Carolina.
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Check out some of the recent press about the new store:
N&O: Carrboro’s Weaver Street Market to join downtown Raleigh’s urban growth
WRAL: Weaver Street Market to open Raleigh location
Indy Week: Weaver Street Market Co-op Opening in Downtown Raleigh
Chapelboro: Carrboro’s Weaver Street Market Planning Raleigh Location
Triangle Business Journal: First companies sign office leases at The Dillon