Streets Markets Cafe, an independent grocer that focuses on healthy foods, will open in Southeast Baltimore as part of redevelopment of the former PEMCO factory site.
The store in “Yard 56” at 5601 Eastern Ave. will be the second Streets in the city and the seventh in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington region. Streets signed a lease for 23,000 square feet in the center, which is under construction.
Streets is expected to help fill a void for a grocery store on the city’s eastern side, said P. David Bramble, managing partner of MCB Real Estate, the project’s developer. The store will tap into consumer demand for locally grown and produced products, he said.
“Among the most important anchor tenants a development can attract is a supermarket, given the consistently high traffic that is generated,” Bramble said.
The retailer opened its first Baltimore store near North Charles and Saratoga streets in 2015.
The concept caters to urban-oriented shoppers who want organic, conventional, local and international items in a small store format, said Campbell Burns, vice president of Hana Food Distributors/Streets Markets. Its stores offer fresh produce, seafood, meat, packaged goods, baked goods, household products and prepared meals with an emphasis on organic, natural and traditional household staples.
Work started in May on Yard 56, the 20-acre former factory site across Eastern Avenue from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. It will include a first phase of more than 100,000 square feet of commercial office space and 80,000 square feet of retail space. LA Fitness has also signed on as a tenant. The project is slated for completion sometime next year.
The site is the former factory that made specialized enamel products, such as the orange tiles for Howard Johnson hotels. It closed in 2006 after 95 years. MCB bought the polluted site for $3 million in 2014 and invested in environmental clean-up.