Streets Market plans to open the NoMa store in early 2019 and the West End store next summer. Burns said the decision to sign on at Legacy West End came down to the project’s location.
“We thought this area in West End was fantastic because it borders on the daytime crowd coupled with a permanent, residential, nighttime crowd as well,” Burns said. “It’s a mix between both worlds.”
Tasea Investment Co. and the Auger Family earlier this year completed the Legacy West End project, a conversion of an office building to 192 apartments with retail. Miller Walker Retail principal Bill Miller, who represented the landlord, said the landlord could have gotten a higher rent by signing a national fast-casual chain, but decided to come down on price to have the local grocer.
“This is a better amenity for the project,” Miller said. “They stretched a little bit and said, ‘This is the right thing to do, and it’s going to get you more rent upstairs’ … Long term what’s sexy is a grocery store, and this is a cool market that’s halfway between a bodega in New York and a Whole Foods.”