Feb 29, 2024 - Food and Drink

Scoop: Popular NoDa market The Exchange at 36th expanding into Uptown

entrance to Monarch Market in Uptown

The Exchange Market will be located near Monarch Market, Uptown's newest food hall. Photo: Courtesy of The Exchange Uptown

The team behind The Exchange at 36th is opening a second location adjacent to Monarch Market in Uptown soon.

Why it matters: Uptown is bouncing back following a major drop in foot traffic ushered in by the pandemic. As employees return to their corporate offices, they need somewhere to eat.

What they're saying: "We're really excited to be a part of Uptown," says co-owner Andrea Franceschelli, who recently celebrated The Exchange at 36th's third anniversary at the original NoDa location.

The vibe: The Exchange Market will be located at One Independence Center at 101 N. Tryon St., next to Monarch Market, Charlotte's newest food hall.

  • The 880-square-foot space will have some seats but will mostly serve as a grab-and-go spot.
  • Expect sandwiches, snacks, and drinks like sodas, wine and beer.
  • The market will also offer other convenient goods for last-minute gifts like greeting cards and candles from Vintage Sun Company Candles.
inside of a market
Expect goods from local businesses like Queen Charlotte's Pimento Cheese, Green Brothers Juice, Vintage Sun Company Candles, Lenny Boy Kombucha, Charlotte's top breweries, Kanna CBD, Pasta & Provisions, Latino Bakes Cookies and more. Photo: Courtesy of The Exchange Uptown

Zoom out: The Exchange Market is developer Crescent Communities' latest addition to One Independence Center as part of a complete overhaul of the building — a more than $30 million investment, per a press release.

  • The 20-story building has leased 23,000 square feet of restaurant and food and beverage space.

What's next: Franceschelli and co-owner Kevin Samuel couldn't disclose an opening date but are anticipating it'll open in early spring.

Stop by: To start, The Exchange Market will open daily from 11am to 9pm.

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