Union Market expands into retail with Thread

Thread at Union Market will take place Nov. 29- Dec. 1. The event is Union Market\'s first dive into selling retail. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

WASHINGTON – Just one year after opening the food market building at 1309 5th Street in Northeast, Union Market is ready to expand.

On Tuesday, EDENS announced plans to bring a state- of-the-art film center to Union Market. And its next big venture? Retail.

Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, Union Market will host Thread, a collection of more than 30 local and national designers and artists.

“If feels like people have found (Union Market), but they’re ready for what’s next,” says Jodie McLean, president and chief investment officer of EDENS.

For McLean, what’s next is introducing a curated collection of leather goods, accessories, beauty products and art to the second floor of the food market building — a space called Dock 5.

And similar to the market’s food artisans, Thread will pay special attention to highlight the innovative artists behind the products.

“Really what Thread is, is the evolution of a broader vision for Union Market,” McLean says.

While the Union Market building most people are familiar with is a large 20,000 square-foot space, the Union Market EDENS plans to fold into the community over time is actually much larger.

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Union Market is bigger than the food market building. It’s 45 acres of space. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

“A lot of people see (Union Market) just as the market that we opened, but it’s truly a 45-acre district in Northeast


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