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Entrepreneurs are sought for rejuvenated Trolley Barn


Bakery, deli and sushi bar owner-operators and others are wanted to join Black River Farms in its newest Quakertown retail venture.

Black River Farms will bring its Lower Saucon Township estate wines to downtown Quakertown’s Trolley Barn Public Market, set to open in 2019.

Andy Warner, Black River Farms owner, and Chris LaBonge, Trolley Barn Public Market developer, confirmed the agreement, which is the first of three anchor businesses signed for the massive redevelopment project in downtown Quakertown.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the first wine bar to Quakertown,” Warner said. He and wife, Kris Warner, established Black River farms in 2010. The pair’s locally produced line-up includes Chardonnay and Lemberger – along with its signature Chambourcin, a French American hybrid grape.

“Andy’s vision immediately aligned with ours,” LaBonge said.

The project includes four buildings and property on roughly four acres in the heart of Quakertown. Lighting and approximately 180 public parking spaces will be provided by Quakertown Borough.

The project, inspired by popular public market venues in Doylestown and Easton, intends to attract more visitors and consumers to the borough.

Quakertown Economic Consultant Ed Scholl said the project has been a decade in the making.

The properties include the former J.D. Whistle Stop hobby shop, the Mammy Kleine building, the old trolley barn and the former railroad station freight house building.

In addition to the three anchor businesses, up to 12 additional niche retailers will round out the 18,000-square-foot site. Another 10,000-square-foot, street-level of open air beer/wine garden is planned.

A restaurateur is sought for the former freight house building, which includes approximately 3,500 square feet of space and a platform for outdoor dining.