Common Market will open a new location this spring on Monroe Road, in the Oakhurst neighborhood not far from Cotswold. This store will be called Common Market OakWold — a funky name for a traditionally funky company.
The new location will be at 4420-A Monroe Road, near where Commonwealth Avenue dead ends into Monroe, between Wendover and Sharon Amity. This follows the announcement back in November that Common Market would reopen a South End location this year.
“With the displacement of the South End store, we began to consider the possibilities of relocating into another neighborhood,” said Blake Barnes, Common Market’s founder. “Driving on Monroe every day moving children to school, the thought of Oakhurst popped into our heads. We dug around that neighborhood and it felt so right. … There are a lot of people who grew up with me in Plaza Midwood but have moved down the road as their families have expanded, so familiarity will not be an issue.”
– 6,500 square feet, including a 1,300 square-foot covered patio with garage doors leading to the inside of the store.
– Full deli, coffee, beer and wine, and retail, much like other Common Market locations.
– A few new additions, like a U-shaped bar, and an expanded kitchen with a focus on prepared foods and to-go options. You can see all this in the floor plan below.
And here’s a look at the exterior:
Renovation work has started and the store is expected to open this spring.
The Monroe Road corridor is expected to continue to develop, with retail coming soon to the Meridian Place development in MoRA just down the street and a 19-acre mixed-use development called Oakhurst Square coming to the corner of Monroe and Chippendale, among other plans.
“We wanted to help provide a place for the surrounding neighborhoods to gather as we felt there was that sense of community emerging in the area,” said Chuck Barger, who partnered with Barnes to open the Common Market in South End. “In the past couple of years, we have run into so many people in our stores from the area who stress how great the area is and how they would embrace a Common Market. We took on that feedback and decided to move forward as CM OakWold is committed to grow with the ever-changing community.”
And the folks at Common Market want your feedback. They’ll be hosting a community conversation at 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at Clayworks (4506 Monroe Road).
“The Common Market team intends to fully work with the local residents to hear what they want from the OakWold store,” said Graham Worth, who has partnered with Barnes and Barger to open the two newest locations. “As Blake has said, we create 80 percent of the store and let the neighborhood do the rest. They instill the sense of community we strive to accommodate, so their influence is taken very seriously.”
Photo: Courtesy of Common Market