Only a few months after closing its original South End location, Common Market announced plans to open a new location in the neighborhood at 235 W. Tremont Avenue.
Slated to open in late spring of 2017, this location is a mere 1,127 steps away from the original, according to owner Chuck Barger. The new 7,000 square-foot location will feature large windows overlooking the street as well as a 4,000 square foot patio.
Graham Worth, who has joined Chuck Barger and co-owner Blake Barnes in this endeavor, has said they have plans “not to replicate, but renew” Common Market South End.
Everything from the old location — tables, chairs, the creepy baby mannequin — has all been shipped to storage and will be back in use in their new location. It’s “the same stuff, but will just be cleaner,” Barger said.
“We all shed tears about the closing of (the former) location but can now wipe those tears away,” Barger added. “The way I like to put the timeline is it will get cold, then it will get warm, then we will open. It’s that soon.”
In its eight years in South End, Common Market became a destination where people came not just for a sandwiches but for community connection. The owners expect that to carry over into this new and slightly improved location. Barger to said that not much needs changing in the new spot — the old model seems to be working really well. It’s going to be about 90 percent the same, he said, but the owners will keep listening to and evolving with the ever-growing customer base.
What to expect: An inexpensive and unusual wine selection, puppy-friendly patio, wonderful and rare craft beers — with just a little bit more space and likely a lot of appreciation from the neighborhood that lost one of its most beloved gems for a short time.
Staying true to their mission of building community, you can add your input about the new location by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Common Market on Facebook or Twitter. The owners want to hear what the public wants as they get ready for the grand reopening.
“Regardless of what the final design looks like, we believe what made the Common Market South End special are our customers, employees and the sense of community the South End brought to the business,” Barnes said in a statement.
Photos: Courtesy of Common Market; Liz Eagle