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North Ave. Market in Station North announces closure – Baltimore Sun

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North Ave. Market is closing, the company announced on Facebook and Instagram on Monday.

The latest iteration of the arcade, bar and music venue combination located in the Station North Arts District opened in early 2020.

the arcade Facebook page, which describes itself as “not your average market!” said the space was permanently closed on Monday.

When the original food market at the corner of North Avenue and Maryland Avenue opened in 1928, a crowd of 50,000 to 75,000 people frequented more than 250 stalls, according to Baltimore Sun records.

After a six-alarm fire in 1968 temporarily shut down the market, affordable seniors’ apartments took its place. North Avenue Market reopened as a supermarket in 1974 and later housed various businesses, including a location of Red Emma’s bookstore and cafe.

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In 2020, Secret Sauce Co. opened a restaurant there as part of a partnership to revitalize the space, but is no longer associated with North Ave.

North Ave. Market thanked customers on social media on Monday, but clarified when and why the site would shut down. The owners could not be reached for comment.

“North Ave Market and this community have held a special place in our hearts. It is unfortunate that we have to close the doors, but we would like you to know how much we have appreciated your business and your support, ”said a message on Facebook and Instagram on Monday afternoon.

Carrie Wood is a member of the video game cover band Quick Save, which played North Ave. in April. Wood said when she reached out to book another gig in July, the booker told her the venue was changing hands.

“From what I know, it’s not a surprise, but it’s a disappointment. It always sucks to lose a concert hall,” she said.

Wood sings and plays guitar, bass, and “the occasional trombone” to video game songs, including “classics” like tunes from Super Mario 64. As an arcade bar with a stage, North Ave. perfectly suited for Quick Save’s niche audience. Wood said another group she is involved with, the Baltimore Gamers Symphony Orchestra, also held bingo nights there to raise funds.

“It was kind of the perfect place for us,” she said. “I hope whatever fills this space keeps the stage and continues to support the local scene.”