Beloved Rhino Market is opening a new store in Villa Heights next year

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Rhino Market will open its third location early next year on North Davidson Street, in the same building as Free Range Brewing, according to Rhino owner Rob Rondelez, pictured above at his original market 1500 W. Morehead St. MARK HAMES mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Rhino Market will open its third location early next year on North Davidson Street, in the fast-growing Villa Heights neighborhood.

The 3,000 square-foot market will be at 4320 North Davidson, in the same building as Free Range Brewing, Rhino owner Rob Rondelez said Monday. The space is being gutted, and will have windows and a patio added. The hope is to open the new location in January, Rondelez added.

Rondelez, former Common Market South End manager, said NoDa was the first place he lived when he moved to Charlotte from Detroit in 1995, and he’s maintained an affiliation for the area ever since.

Citing rapid growth in the area, including the restoration of Tompkins Hall, Rondelez also said people in the area have been asking for something like Rhino, which will have a breakfast menu and quick-service deli options for lunch.

“It’s something we’ve been working on for a while,” Rondelez said of the Villa Heights market. “I just think there’s a ton of potential over there with the up-and-coming apartments. There are offices coming online as well.”

Like Rhino’s other locations, the Villa Heights market will have a small retail store and bar, where customers can buy groceries, six-packs of craft beer and wine by the glass.

Rhino’s other locations are in uptown and on West Morehead Street.

This story first ran at CharlotteObserver.com.

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