Weaver Street Market
Weaver Street Market is a worker- and consumer-owned cooperative selling natural and organic food with a focus on local and fair trade products. The original market is situated in the heart of Carrboro, North Carolina in Carr Mill Mall and plays host to a large number of community events. It occupies a central location in the town of Carrboro and serves as a "community gathering place."
It had expanded to include a restaurant named Panzanella in Carr Mill Mall and two additional locations, one at Southern Village in Chapel Hill and another in historic downtown Hillsborough, North Carolina. In late December 2013, Panzanella officially ceased business operations.
During the course of 2006, some local residents expressed annoyance at new rules stating that all performances on the market lawn must have signed permission in advance from the owners of Carr Mill Mall. The lawn area consistently holds events and entertainment.
In May 2007, plans were announced to open a third store in Hillsborough, North Carolina and move the market's food preparation operations to Hillsborough for greater efficiency. Even though the plans were announced in May 2007, plans and employee feedback were included in the decision-making process since 2006. About 100 workers presented a petition in opposition to the plan outlining their concerns that WSM was growing too large.
Plans have been made in other locales to copy the success of Weaver Street Market; one example is in Boynton Beach, Florida.
- Pope, Kristen (2007-01-24). "From Mill to Mall". Carrboro Commons.
- "Residents Still Angered by Signs"
- Carr Mill Malls Open Space policy
- Weaver Street events
- Weaver Street employees ask board to reconsider