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Artisanal Food Markets

The genius of artisanal food markets in industrial spaces

All over Denver, developers are snapping up high-ceiling industrial spaces and whipping them into modern, spacious artisanal food markets with bright, clean interiors that are filled with a variety of thematic restaurants and gourmet food options.

Whether you prefer to call them ‘hipster cafeterias’, urban food markets or gourmet food halls, these casual dining spots are becoming mainstays in the metro area. The trend really started with The Source and Denver Central Market, both located in Denver’s River North Art District. Now, the concept has expanded to Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, the newly-opened Milk Market in Denver’s historic Dairy Block and Rayback Collective in Boulder.

At Benchmark, we’ve noticed a surge in demand for these bare-bones industrial buildings with ceilings starting at a 24-foot clearance. These spaces are currently going for as low as $9-$10 per square foot, so right now is the perfect time to find your diamond in the rough and start a transformative build out.

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