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More vendors for Trolley Barn’s East Market slated to be announced this spring

More vendors for Trolley Barn’s East Market slated to be announced this spring

Sarah Sole

While Trolley Barn’s East Market and Columbus Brewing Co. space is slated to open in July, we should hear more details about vendors by April, according to Connect Real Estate founder and owner Brad DeHays. 

One of those vendors, Tony Tanner, who is slated to bring his butcher shop and restaurant to the space, said the market will serve as a resource for the community. 

“It’s going to be a centerpiece of the east side,” said Tanner, who owns The Butcher & Grocer and Cleaver in Grandview.   


Five as of yet unannounced tenants have committed to the East Market so far, and the space is about 60% leased, said Jeff Baur, senior vice president of development. 

“We are excited to bring a fresh food market to a neighborhood that has been devoid of healthy food options for a long time,” Baur said.

The market and brewing space are part of a larger five-building complex, The Trolley District, DeHays said. Once known as the Columbus Electric Car Barn, the complex at 1600 Oak St. dates back to the 1880s. 

The West Car Barn, the largest of the five buildings, will be turned into the East Market at Trolley District, DeHays said. The space will feature 19 stalls of private food users on the main floor, as well as an eatery and tavern called Railhouse. A second-floor event space will accommodate up to 300 people. The lower level will include cold storage and prep space for the vendors, as well as a small bar named Switch. 

A second building, the Mechanic Shop, is leased out to Columbus Brewing Co., DeHays said. The 13,000 square-foot space will feature a restaurant, a taproom, and a private tasting area and will be slated for special, innovative brews. 

A third building, the Brass Shop, is slated for a retail tenant that is unannounced as of yet, DeHays said. 

All three buildings are expected to open by July, he said. 

A fourth building, the Power Plant Building, is slated for office space, while a fifth building, the East Car Barn, could house commercial or hospitality tenants, DeHays said. The date for both buildings’ openings depend upon when tenants are identified, though the tentative timeline is November. 

Connect Real Estate is also building 102 apartments across the street, to be known as the Trolley District Apartments, DeHays said. The project is anticipated to break ground earlier this year, and should be available for lease by June 2023. 


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