Could the Hangar Become Watsonville’s Abbott Square?


 | July 26, 2019


Watsonville’s newest business hub has found its home in a 8,640-square-foot, World War II-era naval building on Aviation Way. The space harkens back to when the Watsonville Municipal Airport was a military base surrounded by four 160-square foot shipping containers, fire pits and picnic tables. It’s now known as the Hangar.

The idea behind the Hangar bears some similarity to Santa Cruz’s Abbott Square Market, the food and drink hangout spot that opened two years ago in downtown and has since incorporated live music, monthly meetups and activities, quickly becoming a shared community space.

“We are going for something similar, but slightly different,” says co-owner and developer Kevin Dueck. “We want to have a retail component. We don’t want a ‘food court.’ We want a community hangout with other components besides food—like fitness and retail. And I think tenants and businesses want to see the space ‘happen’ before they commit.” 

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