The chatter on all the urban blogs today is about Culinaria, the new mini-Schnucks that is opening downtown today on the corner of 9th & Olive. Steve Patterson of UrbanReviewSTL already has a few complaints, but overall the buzz seems to be pretty positive. The coolest thing I’ve read is that they will hold your groceries for you if you shop at lunchtime, so you can pick them up on your way home. I don’t see that information on the website, though – does anyone know if this is true?
Either way, it’s definitely an advance for downtown and I’m glad that City Grocery will still be around too – they are switching focus to gourmet foods. I doubt the residential growth downtown would have been possible without someone filling in the gap til a larger store was willing to relocate.
UPDATE: Matt at St. Louis Investment Realty points out that there is also a 12,000 square foot grocery opening up in Benton Park. Hooray!