When Will Common Market South End Open?
Soon. Real soon.
South End dwellers were devastated when neighborhood bodega Common Market closed in 2016. The store had become a place for locals to relax, catch up, grab a sandwich, or sip on a beer—it filled the void of community connectedness that Charlotte struggles with as a young city. Some might even say Common Market inspired the "new-ish food trend" in our city of bar/deli combos. For many South End residents, the CM Camden Avenue location was within walking distance and became a second home. When it closed, people didn't know where to go—they'd have to do more than just walk to get to the Plaza Midwood store.
It's been a little longer than expected (so it goes with most construction-related projects), but Common Market South End is finally entering its last stages of completion. The new location, conveniently located down the street from Charlotte magazine's offices, is at 235 W. Tremont Ave and is slated to open about a month from now in mid-June, according to Graham Worth, a new partner that was brought on as co-owners Chuck Barger and Blake Barnes moved to expand.
If you're hoping the new spot will be an exact reincarnation of the previous South End location, you might be disappointed.
“There certainly won't be a sneaky little back patio area,” Worth says, but he notes there will be a mezzanine and a patio area, defining the new space with its own quirks. Worth says each store takes on the identity of the neighborhood it's in, and he expects no different for the South End expansion. For creatures of habit, you'll be happy to know that the team carefully packed up all the kitschy decor from the old location to be used in the Tremont Avenue store, though some surprises are still to be expected.
Just 1,153 steps away from the old grounds, the revamped concept doesn't look ready to open from the outside. We would know—we pass it daily. It's tough to tell what's going on with the construction. That's because, Worth says, all the work is happening behind the metal walls.
"A good portion of the yellow building will be the patio," he says. Though, you won't really see that the store looks ready until the final step is complete.
"We're building a new exterior," Worth says. Once it's ready, those metal walls will come down, and the fresh facade will be front-and-center, opening up the "community living room" to the patrons who will shape it into the bodega they need it to be.
Welcome back to the neighborhood, Common Market. We'll see you in mid-June.