Common Market Co-op announces expansion plans

FREDERICK, Md. — The Common Market Co-op, a community-owned, organic and natural foods grocery, has purchased the former Safeway on West Seventh Street in Frederick, Md., and plans to open a store there.

It will be the second store for Common Market Co-op. The new store will have nearly twice the space as the location on Md. 85, and will bring an estimated 110 jobs to the city.

The co-op’s corporate office will also relocate from the county to the new location within the city limits.

This expansion comes in response to increased demand for the store’s local and organic food and non-food items.

The Common Market has been looking for expansion opportunities for several year. The Safeway closed in May, presenting a unique opportunity for Common Market because to its existing use as a grocery store and its proximity to downtown Frederick, Fort Detrick, Hood College and Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The new store will carry many of the same products as the Md. 85 location and will add additional merchandise and amenities, including grocery pick-up and a pet center with an array of clean, local and organic pet products.

The Sventh Street store will also feature a café, similar to the Md. 85 location, but with more expanded operations.

The city of Frederick, Miles and Stockbridge, and Warner Commercial aided in the planning and purchasing of the property. Bates Architects took the lead on the design of the facility, and Waynesboro Construction will manage the construction phase of the project.

The funding for the project will be made possible in part through a capital campaign with the Common Market’s nearly 6,600 owners, as well as through funding from Woodsboro Bank and Frederick County Bank. The National Cooperative Grocers Association has also been an advocate of the project, assisting with logistics and planning.

The Common Market Co-op began as a small buying club in 1974 out of the home of Randy and Francy Williams, and is now supported by more than 6,600 owners. The store specializes in local and organic products at competitive prices.