One of the hottest topics regarding downtown San Carlos lately has been about the future of the Bell Market site on Laurel Street. I have heard ideas kicked around that range from retail outlets, to a variety of recreation options — and of course, another grocery market. I wrote a post in this blog back in February which posed the question about the future of Bell Market, but nothing seems to be happening with it.
Of all the ideas being considered, the most logical would be another grocery store — primarily because the building is already set up to accommodate one. But what San Carlos doesn‘t need is another chain grocery store. The ideal grocery store would be something unique, definitely organic, and perhaps one that ties into the very popular Farmer’s Market that takes place every Thursday evening in the summer. Think Whole Foods, or Molly Stone’s — only better, and more unique.
White Oaks Blog reader Jeff Erickson may have come up with the best idea yet — The Oxbow Public Market. There are Oxbow locations at the San Francisco Ferry Building, and in downtown Napa that are doing quite well. Although I haven’t been to these yet, the description makes it sound like a combination of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Draeger’s, and a little Sigona’s thrown in for the farmer’s market feel. As Jeff states, “it’s all about green, local, and extreme high quality.” You also have the ability to dine in the store, or take something home for a unique dinner (ala Drager’s and Whole Foods.)
Check out Oxbow’s website below, as well as a very informative post on the Napaman’s Blog:
This certainly sounds like it would be a very good fit for Laurel Street. I have no doubt that it will succeed, and it bring another level of chic to downtown San Carlos. A huge thanks to Jeff Erickson for carrying the torch on this one!!
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