Common Market Announces Opening of Second Location in Frederick

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Gives life to much-anticipated slogan Two Stores, One Co-op!

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With a ribbon cutting scheduled for 8:00 AM, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the Common Market Co-op will open its second location, giving life to the much-anticipated slogan Two Stores, One Co-op! Shopping bags with samples and coupons will be given to the first 300 customers visiting the store. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed, including the wearing of masks, maintaining social distance, and only allowing 75% store occupancy levels for the sales floor.

Expanding into 23,000 sq. ft. in the College Park Plaza at 927 West 7th Street, the Common Market now boasts 33,000 sq. ft. of total shopping space in Frederick for customers seeking natural, local, and sustainable groceries, home products, gifts, and a restaurant cafe – the Common Table. Common Market’s existing store on Route 85 will remain open and fully operational.

For Common Market, bigger does not mean deviation from the core values on which the Co-op was founded 46 years ago – people and planet first, then profit. The Common Market is a member-owned cooperative serving the Frederick area with high-quality natural foods, health products, and household supplies. The Common Market seeks to responsibly serve our community by offering a path to a sustainable, healthful future through its structure, policies, practices, and shared values. At Common Market, everyone is welcome. Both owners and non-owners are invited to take advantage of our local grocery items, expanded café menus, and educational opportunities.

At the Common Market, local constitutes products that are grown or produced within 150 miles of the Co-op stores. We partner with sustainable local farmers and businesses to provide our community with the freshest, most nutritious, and delicious whole foods in our area. Local tags on signage and shelving throughout the store allow shoppers to support area businesses, making our local economy stronger, contributing to green initiatives, and relying less on supply chains.

In addition to creating over 70 new jobs within the Common Market organization, the expansion team included local businesses: Waynesboro Construction, Bates Architects, Eco Developers LLC, Miles & Stockbridge, Warner Commercial, Xecunet, Graphcom, M.S. Johnston, and D Impression Signs. Financing from Woodsboro Bank and sales of C-shares to nearly 300 owner-investors solidified the Common Market’s belief that a business should be a positive contributor to the community.

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