Doug Nolt, of family-owned Nolt’s Marketplace in Leo Crossing, said he plans to open a second location in Huntertown next fall. Nolt made the announcement recently at a meeting of the Huntertown Town Council.
“We’ve been in business five years and door after door has opened for us to come to this area over the last year, and we’ve been slowly taking the steps,” Nolt said.
The Nolts have purchased property at Lima and Carroll roads and plan to open a 10,000-square-foot facility on the south side of Empowered Sports Club. Empowered sold the family a portion of its property, and combined with another 1.5 acres of purchased land, the new facility will occupy 2.25 acres in Huntertown, Nolt said.
Plans for the new Nolt’s Marketplace include a casual-style, sit-down restaurant that can seat 70-100 customers and will serve coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and salads, Nolt said. The restaurant area will include a salad bar, which the business may potentially expand into a hot bar, he added.
A second building connected to the restaurant will house a store with marketplace items for sale. Nolt said the family plans to divide the space into 4,400 square feet for the store and 5,300 for the sit-down restaurant.
“It’s just an expansion of what we do now,” he said.
Nolt said the property was obtained in part due to Empowered Sports Club’s desire for closer food options for its athletes. However, the two businesses will not be affiliated in any way.
The new business is still in early planning stages, but Nolt said he hopes to open the Huntertown location before the holidays next fall — ideally in late September or early October 2018.
The Nolt’s Marketplace location off Dupont Road in the Leo Crossing shopping center specializes in Amish deli and bakery items. The deli sells Walnut Creek meats and cheeses and fresh bakery items received daily from Das Essenhaus bakery in Middlebury, including doughnuts, pies, cookies and cinnamon rolls. The store also sells bulk candy, baking items and snacks.
Nolt’s Marketplace at Leo Crossing is open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Nolt said that with the new location’s “coffee sit-down atmosphere,” its hours may be extended to as late as 9 p.m., but specific hours have not been determined.