Hot Damn! DTR FINALLY Getting a Co-Op Grocery

This is the most exciting update that’s been in my inbox about the The Dillon project to date — and for DTR as a whole. In my 10 years of being a DTR girl, I have been saying that Weaver Street’s Co-Op model would be a slam dunk here. I remember vividly having conversations with fellow Downtown Raleigh advocates and specifically citing Weaver Street’s success in Carrboro and how much I enjoy shopping there, as a consumer, when I find myself in their neck of the woods.

Weaver Street co-op grocery coming to The Dillon in Downtown Raleigh

Here are the details as announced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance just moments ago via email:

Weaver Street Market is coming to downtown Raleigh
Kane Realty Corporation and Federal Capital Partners® are excited to announce that Weaver Street Market, a popular co-op food market founded in Carrboro nearly thirty years ago, will be opening at The Dillon in Raleigh in late Summer 2018.

The Raleigh store will feature fresh produce from local growers, award-winning prepared foods from the co-op’s kitchen and bakery, and a large selection of beer and wine, which will also be sold by the glass. Dining options will include a mezzanine that wraps around three sides of the store, an outdoor balcony overlooking Hargett Street, and sidewalk dining. The market will also include a tasting kitchen for cooking demonstrations and an event space to interact with local producers, sample new products, and bring the community together.

“Weaver Street Market is an exciting addition to downtown Raleigh’s growing retail marketplace. It adds a unique option for downtown residents who crave locally sourced groceries and prepared foods,” said Orage Quarles III, interim president and CEO of the DRA.

The DRA has been working for nearly three years to help make this happen through recruitment, market studies, site tours, connections with landlords, and more. The DRA also provided a survey of downtown residents and employees, and worked with Weaver Street Market’s marketing agency on branding to approach the Raleigh community.

“We are excited to welcome a locally-based, locally-sourced grocery co-op to downtown Raleigh,” said Bill King, senior director of planning and development for the DRA. “Weaver Street Market will help fill a void in downtown for both residents and office workers, but additionally Weaver Street’s expertise in creating an experience and community will help make downtown Raleigh an even more vibrant and interesting place.”
You can sign up here for Weaver Street Market’s newsletter to receive updates about the new downtown Raleigh market.

Now, I just wish we didn’t have to wait so long for the co-op grocery retailer to arrive!

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Lisa Jeffries

A good old-fashioned Southern girl - at home in the modern world.
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