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Comment by RunLikeADog on January 18, 2013 at 8:23am
I hope whoever designs the downtown grocery store at least pays a visit to the Whole Foods "Mother Ship" in Austin, TX. A store like that would go a long way into breathing life in to bar infested down town Albuquerque.
Comment by once banned twice shy on January 18, 2013 at 10:07am

RLAD:  Unfortunately, Whole Foods is a bit on the expensive side for the demographics of the neighborhood.

Comment by RunLikeADog on January 18, 2013 at 10:26am
OBTS - You are correct, a Whole Paycheck wouldn't work well there but a store that delivered the same experience as their HQ store in Austin with prices that are comparable would. Think of a Super Pros Ranch Market or something along those lines. Something more that a functional store is needed. A destination store that brings people downtown is the ticket IMHO.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on January 18, 2013 at 10:39am

Keep in mind that 6,000 square feet is TINY in supermarket land. 77 by 77 feet. That's barely a Dairy Wall, a Bread aisle, and a Produce section.

Comment by misterhinkydink on January 18, 2013 at 10:45am

The grocery looks to be a fancy convenience store. What a disappointment.

Comment by Phil_0 on January 18, 2013 at 10:57am

It sounds like the owner of P'tit Louis will be running the grocery. There's a conceptual design up at the Journal.

Looks small, but the presence of meat and bakery counters at this stage is encouraging. Hopefully they'll follow the precedent set by other great small NM groceries past and present (think the old Grocery Emporium/Girard Market, or Kaune's in Santa Fe). At any rate it'll beat what's in the neighborhood now...the Country Club Market on Coal is a pit.

Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on January 18, 2013 at 1:04pm

That's looking a little better. A FRENCH Market, as it were. I think a charcuterie or boulangerie would KILL.

Comment by shotsie on January 18, 2013 at 1:46pm

Methinks the grocery store gives certain tax breaks and/or incentives for the apartments above it....

I was just at that Whole Foods in Austin, and it's just a killer store -  6 or 8 different types of food stations (BBQ, sushi, fish, cheese, sandwiches, deli foods - the list goes on) - about three times the selection of Wyoming/Academy - they have their own parking garage, c'mon

Comment by Lahjik on January 18, 2013 at 9:56pm

Here in Texas, we call it "Whole Paycheck".  yeah, I'd hope they put a real grocery store downtown rather than a foodie simulacrum.

Comment by Hunter on January 19, 2013 at 9:32am

Whole Foods, really?  Time to wake up and smell the roses before they all die.  This city is in the midst of a precipitous downward demographic dive.  Gap stores abandons Coronado for the "lifestyle" center across the street.  Coronado fills the old Macy's space with "60% off everthing everyday" Gordman's and Dick's Sporting Goods and Firearms Emporium.  (Am I the only one who can't remember ever being in a mall that sold guns?)  WalMart and Target continue to see the need for more stores in Albuquerque.  And Conn's, another discounter, planted its flag on the east end of town.  If there is any bright spot it would be that the October election presents the opportunity for new faces in six Council seats and the 11th Floor.  Absent any change at City Hall, expect four more years of more of the same.


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