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Marble Brewery headed to the Heights

Marble Brewery co-founder and president Ted Rice. (Albuquerque Journal File Photo)

Marble Brewery co-founder and president Ted Rice. (Albuquerque Journal File Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Marble universe is expanding again.

The Albuquerque craft brewery has signed a lease for a new taproom in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights, according to commercial real estate broker Richard Gallegos of Sperry Van Ness Team Southwest.

Marble will settle in at 9904 Montgomery NE, a former post office poised for redevelopment. As we reported last month, new ownership, Coe & Peterson, plans to transform the 10,000-square-foot building into a “lifestyle center.”

Marble will take about half of the building. It will also enclose the associated loading docks for a patio and add a beer garden, according to Tenee Swingle, who negotiated the deal on behalf of property owner Coe & Peterson.

Marble is working with consultant Jonathan Turner on the permitting process and Christian Harper of Modulus Design on the interior buildout, which Swingle said should be initiated in the coming weeks.

Marble currently operates two taprooms in Albuquerque — one at its Downtown brewing headquarters and another on the West Side. It recently closed its Santa Fe location.

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A New Mexico brewery can have up to three satellite taprooms in addition to its home base, giving Marble one more possible extension option after the Heights location opens.

The old post office at 9904 Montgomery NE is slated for redevelopment, as pictured in this rendering.

The old post office at 9904 Montgomery NE is slated for redevelopment, as pictured in this rendering.

Broker Richard Gallegos said the new Heights location, near the intersection of Eubank and Montgomery, makes sense for the brand’s continued expansion.

“The demographics (in that area) fit their model,” Gallegos said. “And the overall beer culture is moving toward multiple areas in the city, and the Northeast Heights is under-served.”

Swingle said the building still has 4,700 square feet of space left to lease at the Montgomery face of the property. She said she’s looking specifically for retail and restaurant users.

“Marble doesn’t serve food, so it would be really beneficial for a restaurant user to go in and maybe work out some type of agreement with them,” she said.


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