Huge New Market to Update Uptown
Image courtesy of Lane Partners
Things keep shaping up, Uptown.
The newest news is that Newberry Market, a 20,000 (or more) square-foot specialty store stocking high-quality and organic groceries along with hot and cold pre-prepared meals, fresh meats and more, has just been named as the ground-floor anchor tenant at Uptown Station. This seven-story mixed-use complex formerly known as the Sears Building, located at 1954 Telegraph Ave., was recently acquired by real-estate investment firm Lane Partners.
Newberry Market's owners and managing partners Ann Thai and Loren Goodwin plan a fall 2016 opening. Thai owns LUX Premier Events and is a much-in-demand event planner. Goodwin trained at the California Culinary Academy bfore cooking at Berkeley's Chez Panisse. Both are Oakland residents; they also co-own Jack London Square's Rock & Polish nail salon.
Uptown Station's planned exterior is depicted above.
“Newberry Market is an absolute dream project for us. We have always wanted to create a business that feeds our community, and this is an incredible opportunity to do just that,” said Thai, who expects that the market will create up to 200 new jobs. “It is important to us that we support our local economy and keep our money in the city where we live. Why not fill a void and create a locally focused, community-infused market in the heart of our city?”
“Our goal is to be the most viable option for people who live and work in the East Bay. Being located mere steps away from the new Uptown BART station gives commuters and the people living and working around us convenient access to healthy food,” said Goodwin. “We also look forward to providing avenues for local vendors to expand their market, and will do our part in pushing our city and thriving neighborhood forward. We think it all starts with high-quality food at reasonable prices.”