too many announcements that can make city officials giggle, but the news that a
grocery store is coming downtown had officials and their ilk positively ebullient
at a press conference this morning.
Local Grocers, a locally run grocery store, will open in the former Craig
Autometrics building at 10 Winthrop Street in Rochester's East End as early as
May. The 20,000-square-foot building is between the Little Theatre and Restaurant
is a fantastic space for this use," said Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the
Rochester Downtown Development Corporation.
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has been without a full grocery store for more than a decade. And it is the
number-one thing people who live and work in the city ask for, Zimmer-Meyer
will offer a mix of groceries, including organic food, and will get
approximately 20 percent of its product from the local community, said Dean
Sparks, Hart's general manager, in a press release. It will also offer national
Kellogg, an urban planner and the man behind the project, said that the store
would afford affordable, quality products -- rejecting the suggestion that the
store could be exclusively high-end.
said the store will focus on local, natural, and sustainably provided food.
store has 130 parking spots, Kellogg said, which is more than it needs for peak
Smith, the city's commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development, said
that the project would likely get city support through a tax agreement, loan,
or other arrangements.