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- Jake's Quechee Market
In the next month, construction will begin in Burlington's Old North End to transform a former auto-parts shop into a grocery store. The business at 242 North Winooski Avenue will be called Jake's ONE Market, according to its owner-operator, James Kerrigan.
"We hope to open in the fall of 2019," said Kerrigan, who owns a related Vermont business, Jake's Quechee Market, with his family.
The 6,000-square-foot Burlington store will be stocked with groceries, dairy, local produce, beer and wine, and household goods, Kerrigan said. An on-site kitchen will make hot and cold prepared foods.
The building is owned by local developer Redstone, which is overseeing the renovation, including a new façade, improvements to the parking lot and interior work, said Redstone managing partner Erik Hoekstra.
A longtime Old North End resident, Hoekstra said that when the auto-parts store closed in 2016, he started to think about new uses for the space. "A grocery store is what I kept coming back to," he said.
For about two years, City Market, Onion River Co-op rented the space at 242 North Winooski with plans to open a branch there. In early 2018, the co-op's leadership announced it had decided not to pursue a third location for its business.
Jake's ONE Market will be next door to Central Market: Taste of Asia, which opened five years ago and specializes in Asian groceries and produce. "My hope is to complement what they do as best we can," Kerrigan said. "They have a really unique set of products, and Jake's will focus on regular grocery items that won't directly compete with Central Market."
The Kerrigan family has 20-plus years of experience in the grocery business, having owned several convenience stores in the Upper Valley. "I'm really psyched to be part of the Old North End," Kerrigan said. "I think there's a really awesome food scene that continues to get more interesting over time. I'm also looking forward to serving the community and providing access to affordable groceries and healthy foods."