The vacancy left by Ferndale Market Fresh Grocery has existed since 2017 and may remain that way for the foreseeable future.
According to Economic Development Director Chris Edge, the town is working with the owners and Newington-based commercial realtors Reno Property Group to find a tenant for the property.
At the moment, Edge said that he was “eagerly trying to find supermarkets” to fill the space. One of the biggest challenges he’s faced with the vacancy is its size.
“The space is bigger than a specialized market would use,” he said. “That side of town would support a market, but at that size it would almost have to be small and family-owned.”
The market was updated before opening in 2016 with new shelves, floors, refrigeration and handicap accessible bathrooms, further establishing the space as a grocery store.