Frederick, MDThe Common Market Co-op, a community-owned organic and natural foods grocery store,announced in a press releasethat it has purchased the former Safeway location on West 7thStreet in Frederick and plans to open a second store there after significant renovations.

This expansion, the release says, is in response to increased demand. The Common Market has been looking for expansion opportunities for several years in order to satisfy this demand, and the Safeway closing in May 2018 presented the perfect opportunity.

The new store will carry many of the same products as their Route 85 locations, but will also offer grocery pick-up and a pet center, as well as additional merchandise. Its café will have expanded operations, in comparison to the first store.

The press release notes that it was imperative for Common Market to work closely with local partners and to make sure that their efforts were coming back to the community. The City of Frederick, Miles and Stockbridge, and Warner Commercial aided in the planning and purchasing of the property. Bates Architects helped design the facility, and Waynesboro Construction will manage the construction phase. The funding for the project will be made possible in part through a Capital Campaign with the Common Market’s nearly 6,600 owners. The National Cooperative Grocers Association assisted with logistics and planning.

The second location, the press release says, will bring an estimated 110 jobs to the City of Frederick.

Bob Thompson, general manager at The Common Market, said, “We are constantly working to improve our store to better support our customers and their healthy lifestyle with high-quality, local, natural, and organic products. With this additional location, we’ll be able to provide better access to our products and services, as well as increased support for our local suppliers.”