Black's Market - Fresno, CA
Black’s Market Building – 755 Van Ness Avenue Identified as being locally significant, the Black’s Market building was constructed in 1923 by R.F. Felchlin and Company. Black’s Package Company was a multi-store business owned by Fred P. Black. Black came to Fresno in 1913 and established one of the first cash-and-carry grocery chains in California. He had multiple stores in Fresno and later expanded to Sacramento and Stockton. Black revolutionized the practice of selling staple food items in convenient packages, rather than in bulk, effectively establishing the precursor to today’s bulk package outlets. This store had multiple levels and many windows, so that much of the merchandise was visible from the street. The building also served as the headquarters for Black’s company. Black’s Markets closed their doors in 1956, ending the largest locally-owned grocery chain in Fresno. This building was later used as a warehouse and service center for Gottschalk’s Department Store. R.F. Felchlin and Company, which designed the building, was well-known in Fresno and responsible for other notable buildings like the T.W. Patterson Building.
The rich history of this building will forever inspire those who work within its walls, while at the same time continue to be a place of innovation for Fresno and Central California valley. By partnering with James Riley (current owner and Founder of American Blues Trading Co.), Reveal plans to weave the history of Black’s Market and Gottschalk’s department store within the fabric of its space. Our goal is to bring to life the significance of Fresno’s history, while at the same time creating a space that supports future creative innovation within a next generation co work environment. Here employees will sit within decades worth of inspiration carefully curated and designed. They’ll have options to work amongst open floor co-work space, retreat to private meeting rooms, lease private office, and have access to un-paralleled onsite amenities. Not to mention some of Fresno’s most excellent hand selected retail options.