With the news that Trader Joe's is opening their second Albuquerque location in the Uptown mall, I thought it was time to really visualize a grocery downtown. Now I could go for a TJ's, a Sunflower Market (love that place), or a locally owned store like the Co-op, just as long as we get some healthy food DOWNTOWN. And I thought the empty lot on Central between 6th and 7th would be a great location. There is plenty of space, enough for parking and some residential units (gotta love the infill!).
Isn't it about time someone cashed in on all the hungry people in this part of town?

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Comment by vashti on May 2, 2008 at 5:56pm
Nice, Brendissimo. Love how proactive, imaginative and just generally fabulous you are with all your clever ideas - keep doing it man. And I would love to have a TJs downtown (the Lomas Sunflower is close enough for me!)...but then this isn't really about me is it. Hmmm.
Comment by John on May 2, 2008 at 8:48pm
Perfect! I have always thought that was the perfect site for a grocery store.

Man, seeing that "TRADER JOE'S" next to the two Albuquerque Plaza towers makes me wistful...
Comment by Blakeington on May 2, 2008 at 10:09pm
Brendiquai! We are all laughing our butts off over here looking at this right now. I think it's the 'BAM, insta-Trader Joe's!' effect of the before and after, and also that gabled loft up top that just leads to nowhere, or maybe a secret portal to the cool blue beyond. It's really cool. Thanks for the new post. True, meaningful entertainment.
Comment by killbox on May 2, 2008 at 11:09pm
you know that is just about the site of the old Masonic Temple downtown.
Comment by Jackson on May 3, 2008 at 12:30am
This would be so awesome, especially considering I'm moving to Huning Castle next month, but we'll have to wait and see if it ever happens.
Comment by James Tapia on May 3, 2008 at 6:55am
This is a great place for a TJs - it just sort of fits in with the older, small buildings nearby. The after pic looks makes Central look like a a street in Lincoln Park here in Chicago (maybe Halsted, or Lincoln), but there should be condos/apartments above the TJs.

Anyway - this is definitely an improvement to the current asphalt eyesore
Comment by PJH on May 3, 2008 at 7:13am
Au contraire, A.G. We don't have to "go Downtown" . . . we already "are Downtown". There is a big population here already, just frothing at the mouth to shop at a quality (read organic, or at least locally-owned) food store in their own neighborhood. We are sorely lacking in services here.
Comment by Coco on May 3, 2008 at 7:33am
killbox: I think the Franciscan Hotel occupied that entire block - east of the Masonic Temple.
Comment by mombat on May 3, 2008 at 7:45am
Nice photoshopping! There are several design and planning firms that charge big bucks for those photo sims.
I would love to see it happen, but I think we are still too demographically challenged in the eyes of the retail/finance folks to make it happen.
Comment by orange you glad on May 3, 2008 at 8:14am
There are thousands of people living in the area.

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