A new grocer in the Student Center: Concord Market

In an email to the MIT community, DormCon Dining Chairs Tyra Espedal ’26 and Ananda Figueiredo ’25 announced that a new grocer called Concord Market will open in the Stratton Student Center (Stud). It is expected to open in late 2024 or early 2025. 

Concord Market will replace LaVerde’s Market, which previously occupied the first floor of the Stud and closed down permanently on April 17, 2023.

Concord Market, which has a site in Concord, Massachusetts, will open its second location in the Stud and will sell “a large selection of grab-and-go and heat-and-eat meals,” including sandwiches and other grocery items. It will also offer catering for events on campus.

Concord Market was founded by Elizabeth Akehurst-Moore in 2018 to offer fresh produce and healthy food options “in a world dominated by big-box retailers.” According to its website, the market prides itself in building “personal connections with its customers” and creating “a warm and welcoming environment that ensures a delightful shopping experience for all.”

According to a link from the MIT Division of Student Life, Concord Market was chosen as the new grocer in the Stud because of its focus on “top-quality products, healthy and fresh produce, competitive pricing, and a great store experience.” The opening of the market will be another step towards making the Stud a hub for well-being on campus, as Concord Market offers nutritional food options that “promote student health and well-being and meet the needs of faculty, staff, and the multitude of MIT visitors.”