What's In Store

Rhino Market to open another store in a fast-growing Charlotte neighborhood

Rob Rondelez, the owner of Rhino Market at the market’s original location at 1500 W.Morehead St.
Rob Rondelez, the owner of Rhino Market at the market’s original location at 1500 W.Morehead St. Observer file photo

Rhino Market will open its third location early next year on North Davidson Street, in the fast-growing Villa Heights neighborhood.

The 3,000-square-foot market will be at 2320 North Davidson, in the same building as Free Range Brewing, Rhino owner Rob Rondelez said Monday. The space is being gutted, and will have windows and a patio added. The hope is to open the new location in January, Rondelez added.

Rondelez, former Common Market South End manager, said NoDa was the first place he lived when he moved to Charlotte from Detroit in 1995, and he’s maintained an affinity for the area ever since.

Citing rapid growth in the area, including the restoration of Tompkins Hall, Rondelez also said people in the area have been asking for something like Rhino, which will have a breakfast menu and quick-service deli options for lunch.

“It’s something we’ve been working on for a while,” Rondelez said of the Villa Heights market. “I just think there’s a ton of potential over there with the up-and-coming apartments. There are offices coming online as well.”

Like Rhino’s other locations, the Villa Heights market will have a small retail store and bar, where customers can buy groceries, six-packs of craft beer and wine by the glass.

“This will be a great location for Rhino Market,” said Matt McLanahan of Whitepoint Partners, who represented Rondelez in the Villa Heights deal. “The unique neighborhood coupled with the growth we have seen and will continue to see within the greater Mill District will drive their success in Villa Heights.”

Rhino’s other locations are in uptown and on West Morehead Street.

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