Super! Downtown may finally get a grocery store

The no-name grocery store project at 20th and Chestnut streets.EXPAND
The no-name grocery store project at 20th and Chestnut streets.
Mulhern Group

Downtown Denver may finally get a grocery store, as our Latest Word blog reported yesterday afternoon. But don't grab your reusable shopping bags yet: Although ground could be broken late this year, the 42,000-square-foot store by Union Station wouldn't open before 2013.

"We are responding to market demand," Dan Schuetz, Nichols Partnership project manager, says of the property at 20th and Chestnut streets, which the partnership bought four years ago and plans to develop as both a supermarket and residences. ""There is definitely a demand from downtown residents and others for a grocery store, and there is also a demand for rental housing."

Even better, Schuetz notes, is the fact that the Urban Station transit hub will be two blocks away -- meaning folks all over the metro area should be able to access the store without bothering with their car.

Which is all well and good, but exactly what store is the partnership planning on bringing downtown?

"You certainly will be familiar with this national brand, but I wouldn't even hint as to which of the brands it will be. It's too early to do that," Schuetz says. "I think everybody will be pleased with the grocer that will be down there. There will be something for everybody."

Denver Infill had the original scoop on this joint project of the Nichols Partnership, Loftus Developments and the Mulhern Group; read the Denver Infill story here.

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