Most food halls that are in re-purposed buildings end up being single entity developments. Ponce City Market in Atlanta bucks the trend, as do some other urban projects. Zeppelin Developments in Denver is re-purposing a former art campus in the RiNo neighborhood (which moved to a new location) into a retail market, food hall, and office building. Definitely a Culinary Oriented Development.
According to “BusinessDen” , Zeppelin Station will have a 25,000 square foot culinary-based market on the ground floor, with 3 levels of office above that will total 75,000 square feet in total. The food hall portion will have new local concepts such as tacos, ramen, and a Montreal-style bagel shop.
Steps away from the 38th Street RTD station, Zeppelin Station will have excellent transit access in the growing district of trendy RiNo (River North). It is considered Denver’s art district, where a large cluster of creative companies have clustered, whether it is art, marketing, branding, software, and tech. The food hall will definitely appeal to the primarily 20 to 40 age demographic of the RiNo district, especially during lunchtime.
Zeppelin Station is demonstrating that you don’t need a large-scale food hall to garner interest. I would actually say that many of the most popular food halls are smaller in scale, such as Pine Street Market in Portland. These food halls are “right-sized” for the local market, and are able to have a strong stable of tenants rather than going “BIG” and ending up with higher-turnover.
The project is expected to open in October 2017.