Sawmill Market to Open with 19 Vendors Tuesday, March 10

By Pilar Martinez, Albuquerque Journal

Adolphe Pierre-Louis | Albuquerque Journal

March 9, 2020 – The wooden ceiling of what was once The Frank Paxton Lumber Co. remains intact, but the days of it covering a lumber warehouse have long since passed.

Instead, the ceiling now covers the Sawmill Market, New Mexico’s first artisinal food hall.

The market, which opens Tuesday, is home to 19 local vendors, with seven more to come. Developers are hoping the market will become an epicenter of the reemerging Sawmill District and a gathering place for all of Albuquerque.

“We really believe that Sawmill Market is going to create a community, and is going to become a community cornerstone,” said concept co-developer Lauren Greene.

The formerly abandoned warehouse has been completely renovated, and features 26 unique stalls inside, each designed and created by a local artist or craftsman.

Those involved with the project believe the market will have a lasting impact on the city.

“We do see this as the social hub for Albuquerque for the next 20 to 25 years, it will forever be evolving,” said general manager Brandon Palmer.

Palmer said the market’s line up of restaurants will change over time allowing more new restaurants to gain exposure through the market.