Fermentation arrangement of the new space, in view of the January move
Fermental, a wine and beer store in Ogden, is progressing towards its move to the outskirts of the Cargo District in downtown Wilmington.
“We plan to move, probably in mid-January,” Fermental co-owner Steve Gibbs said on Monday. “But we will be open at our current location until then.”
The property at 7250 Market St. where Fermental and a group of other small businesses are located is under contract with Charlotte-based Durban Development. When the sale is completed, the buildings will be razed and replaced by a franchise from the Take 5 Oil Change chain.
Fermental’s new home at 600 S. 17th St. is actually also a former gas station and auto repair shop, Gibbs said.
“When we first looked at it in July, it was still functioning as a machine shop,” he said. “We need to add some plumbing and HVAC. “
Gibbs and his wife, Kristen, weren’t looking for a downtown property when they started their search several months ago. Initially, they hoped to be able to stay put, but these efforts were in vain.
“While every attempt was made to stay at our current location in Ogden, in the end it was an impossible acquisition given the difficulty of the existing easements and the county setbacks attached to the plot itself.” Steve Gibbs said in a press release. “These obstacles ultimately made the property unsuitable and uncertain for our future use. “
A search for further digs took them all across New Hanover County and even north to Hampstead before learning of the auto store’s availability.
Fermental’s future home is larger and more open than its current 1940s bungalow, and it has an outdoor space that will serve as a beer garden and performance hall, similar to what the beer and beer store. wine has now, according to Steve Gibbs.
“It was the hardest thing to find, especially in the Ogden area,” he said. “Any type of outdoor space that had character.
When it moves, Fermental will be part of a neighborhood that has attracted several other trendy establishments.
“600 South 17th Street is on the corner of Castle Street, near the End Of Days Distillery, Alcove Beer Garden and, soon, Bull City Ciderworks with several other businesses and residential spaces planned for this evolving neighborhood.” Steve Gibbs said in a Facebook post. He noted that CheeseSmith and Barzarre are also in the area.
Prior to auctioning, however, the Gibbs are planning a big party on December 4 to say goodbye to the place that has served them well for nearly nine years. However, they don’t say goodbye to their customers. Many told the couple that they would find their way to the new location. And who knows? Maybe Fermental still has a future in Ogden, said Steve Gibbs.
“We remain optimistic,” he said, “that a second location in or around the Ogden area will become available in the future.”