New Co-Op Marketplace set to revitalize downtown New Braunfels in fall 2024
By Sierra Martin |
A nearly 2.5-acre multiuse development adapted out of the former New Braunfels Producers Co-Op located at 210 S. Castell Ave. in downtown New Braunfels will feature restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping, a stage for live music and more. Co-Op Marketplace is anticipated to open in fall 2024 with construction starting in 2023.
Co-Op Marketplace was inspired by the late Ron Snider and his partners attorney Mike Myers and real estate developed Fred Heimer as well as owners of the historic Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten Carol and Chris Snider. Chris Snider is Ron Snider’s son. San Antonio-based Mogas and Gonzalez Associated Architects will assist in the development of the marketplace, according to a press release.
“This is a very exciting project to be involved with, and it has evolved a lot along the way while still holding true to what my dad and his partners originally envisioned by bringing something unique to downtown New Braunfels that the community can enjoy,” Chris Snider said.
Co-Op Marketplace will adapt the agricultural buildings on-site to fit the requirements of the space, and the 65-foot-tall grain silo will be made into the market’s west entrance. The new pedestrian area will feature over an acre of outdoor space for visitors to enjoy, which includes a splash pad, 4,000 square feet of artificial turf, seating and shade trees, according to the release.
“Mogas and Gonzalez Associated Architects has worked closely with the owners’ vision to repurpose and recycle the existing and historically designated agrarian Co-Op structures to craft a campus of indoor and outdoor spaces that invite the city and its visitors to relax, dine and celebrate right in the heart of downtown New Braunfels,” Mogas and Gonzalez Architects Principal Richard Mogas said.
The new development will feature more than 25,000 square feet of indoor space that will be used to house retail and culinary tenants. Co-Op Marketplace intends to offer an alternative to big-box stores and mall shopping experiences and instead will feature a more social retail shopping and dining experience, according to the release.
The marketplace will include a mix of larger restaurant and retail tenants as well as a collection of smaller tenants to create a 13,000-square-foot space with a focus on offering unique, high-quality selections of artisanal and regional foods and products, according to the press release. The shopping concept will provide opportunities for smaller, independent businesses to have a presence in the busy downtown area of New Braunfels.
The marketplace will eventually serve as a venue for the expansion of the New Braunfels Farmers Market that takes place at Krause’s Cafe on Saturdays. Potential tenants interested in moving into the Co-Op Marketplace can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.