Chow New Downtown Grocery Opening Soon
posted by April 10 at 12:29 PMon
The Kress Supermarket will open in June at Third and Pike downtown. According to a press release sent out today, the new grocery will be “unique in its commitment to green practice with its embrace and support of local vendors, low-impact product packaging, and mix of materials.” While it’s exciting to see a full-size (18,000-square-foot) grocery going in downtown, I wonder if it might be “greener”—not to mention better for the 18,000 people who actually live downtown, as opposed to the people who just work there—if the store focused less on prepared, ready-to-eat packaged foods (which will take up 40 percent of the floor space) and more on locally sourced, organic produce, meat, eggs, and dairy. Do we really need another M Street Grocery, with acres of packaged salads and sandwiches but little fresh produce and nary a butcher to be found? Or do downtown dwellers subsist entirely on products made and packaged for them by someone else?
(Thanks to Bethany for the tip!)