Newport on the Levee Announces Opening Plans for Trade, a Revolving Retail Experience

The indoor merchant space will take over the renovated Gallery to host a rotating market with ample customization for retailers.

click to enlarge The Gallery at Newport on the Levee - Photo: Provided by North American Properties
Photo: Provided by North American Properties
The Gallery at Newport on the Levee

North American Properties, the group behind the Newport on the Levee's ongoing $100 million redevelopment, announced its most recent plans for the space.

In the fall, the mixed-use entertainment destination welcomed The Exchange, a rotating roster of local craftspeople, makers and indie merchants, plus a bar, inside of the former Barnes & Noble space. 

This summer, NAP will unveil the renovated Gallery Building, which will host Trade. The 10,000-square-foot indoor merchant space located on the ground floor of the Gallery will host 12 rotating concepts. Vendors will be able to choose from a variety of customized space sizes and lease lengths.

“After the successful debut of creative retail concepts like The Exchange Market and Bridgeview Box Park, we are excited to introduce the community to Trade, where we can continue to give local businesses a platform to grow alongside the transformation of the Levee,” Adam Schwegman, partner and senior vice president of leasing at NAP says in a release. “We've always envisioned the Gallery Building as the permanent space for this experience, and Trade will play a key role in bringing energy and vitality to the Levee.”

click to enlarge Rendering of Trade at the Gallery Building - Photo: North American Properties
Photo: North American Properties
Rendering of Trade at the Gallery Building

The space will feature movable walls and fixtures, and spaces ranging from 100 square feet to more than 1,000 square feet. 

In the release, NAP announced four of the incoming merchants planned: The Little Spoon Bakery & Cafe and Bon Mi Street, both vendors at the Levee's outdoor dining and drinking destination Bridgeview Box Park; and Colonel De's Gourmet Herbs & Spices and Bluegrass and Sass, both vendors at The Exchange. 

"As a kid, I spent a lot of time at the Levee, and I never imagined that years later I would be opening my own business there,” says Courtney Augsback, owner of Little Spoon, in the same release.

“We were honored to be a part of Winter Wonder in 2019, and even more excited when we were asked back for the Bridgeview Box Park last summer. As Newport residents, we’ve been anxiously waiting to see the Levee brought back to life, and NAP has done just that. Trade™ and the reimagined Gallery Building are going to make the Levee better than ever, and we’re thrilled to have a permanent location where we can serve our community for years to come."

Raechel Blitchington of North American Properties' PR team tells CityBeat that they have not yet announced new concepts to take over the two establishments moving from Bridgeview Box Park to Trade. 

In addition to Trade, Newport on the Levee has several other projects slated to be completed over the course of 2021, including weather-proofing the Gallery Building in order to offer a venue for events, relaxation and gathering; finishing the building's east side structure, which connects to the Purple People Bridge; and replacing the building's west side facade with walls of glass to welcome in an abundance of natural light into the space. There's also the recently completed 3rd Street parking garage and a fresh new paint job across the levee among other enhancing tidbits. 

For more info about Newport on the Levee and its plans, visit newportonthelevee.com

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