Carrboro-based Weaver Street Market is expanding outside of Orange County for the first time.
The co-op food market officially announced Wednesday it would be opening a location at The Dillon in Raleigh late in the summer of 2018. The Dillon is an 18-story mixed-use project in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district.
Weaver Street Market opened in Carrboro nearly three decades ago and has since opened locations in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill’s Southern Village.
“We’re excited about bringing Weaver Street Market to Raleigh. We look forward to becoming part of Raleigh’s vibrant downtown community and creating a gathering place where people come together to enjoy fresh, healthy and locally sourced products,” Weaver Street Market co-founder and general manager Ruffin Slater said in a release. “This move reflects our long-term plans to expand into new downtown locations where we can share the co-op experience with customers who value sustainable food and healthy communities.”
The Raleigh location will feature fresh produce from local farmers in addition to foods prepared at the co-op. A mezzanine wrapping around three sides of the store and overlooking Hargett Street will offer dining options.
Weaver Street Market has 20,000 co-op owners, according to the release, and partners with more than 100 local food producers “who share its values.”
Weaver Street Market has been recognized by the non-profit Orange County Living Wage for paying its employees a living wage, which is defined as the minimum amount that an individual must earn to afford basic necessities without government assistance.
Weaver Street Market has also been a part of a multi-agency fundraising campaign to fight food insecurity locally.