What's going on, Albuquerque?
RLAD: Unfortunately, Whole Foods is a bit on the expensive side for the demographics of the neighborhood.
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.
The grocery looks to be a fancy convenience store. What a disappointment.
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.
That's looking a little better. A FRENCH Market, as it were. I think a charcuterie or boulangerie would KILL.
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
Here in Texas, we call it "Whole Paycheck". yeah, I'd hope they put a real grocery store downtown rather than a foodie simulacrum.
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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It's all over but the payout. Unless you're Dianna Duran, we suppose.
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