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Full-service grocery store in the works for downtown Raleigh

Posted September 17, 2012

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— Grocery shopping in downtown Raleigh could once again be a reality.

Slow Money NC is holding a public meeting Monday to discuss efforts to raise up to $750,000 for a full-service grocery store at the corner of North Person and East Franklin streets.

The meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Market Restaurant, at 938 N. Blount St., and is open to all Raleigh residents.

Although there are grocery stores in downtown, the area has been without a full-service store since Capital City Grocery, at Seaboard Station, closed four years ago.

The store opened in 2006 and closed in 2007, but then briefly reopened before closing for good in November 2008.

"Downtown Raleigh desperately needs a grocery store," said Chad McIntyre, a chef at Market Restaurant, who, along with his business partner, came up with the idea.

McIntyre said he hopes that the store could open sometime next year.

Residents and businesses in the downtown area welcome the move.

"A lot of the neighbors are very excited," said Doris Jurkiewicz, who runs the Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast on North Bloodsworth Street. "I'm not the only one who will be shopping there, hopefully. And we'll be able to keep it going."

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  • oakcity Sep 18, 2012

    you folks act like downtown is harlem in the late 70's.

    i'm guessing you people don't actually live downtown but just like to spew garbage about a place that you never go to.

    i mean really, the strip mall havens on the outskirts of town are more depressing than anything you'll see downtown and more dangerous at that.

  • superman Sep 18, 2012

    If you going to have to walk and carry your stuff back to where you live the purchase that people will be making will not keep a big store open. A $10 or $20 purchase will not be enough to keep the store open. A large selection of cheap wine is going to be a real asset to downtown.

  • PeaceOut2017 Sep 18, 2012

    they'll need to accept "dignity" cards

  • Karmageddon Sep 18, 2012

    They better have full time security guards to go along with it

  • shortcake53 Sep 18, 2012

    btneast, yes a long time ago.

  • btneast Sep 18, 2012

    I always loved the concept of the northern city neighborhoods, where your butcher, bakery, etc. were all just around the block. I remember walking to the butcher with my Mom. My grandparents owned a "corner store" for many many years.

    ....I think you are talking a long time ago, before chain mega grocery stores became so prevalent, and before the migration to the suburbs by most of the middle class.

  • btneast Sep 18, 2012

    Why did no one shop at the other one? Is Cameron village to far to drive?

    If you have to get in your car, then you may as well drive to any grocery store. I think the whole point is to have something so you DON"T have to use a car. Getting a car parked "downtown" is a chore. The whole purpose of living in any downtown is not having to use your car except on rare occasions.

  • shortcake53 Sep 18, 2012

    I always loved the concept of the northern city neighborhoods, where your butcher, bakery, etc. were all just around the block. I remember walking to the butcher with my Mom. My grandparents owned a "corner store" for many many years.

  • superman Sep 18, 2012

    The last one didnt make it afer it closed and then later reopened? Dont think I be willing to invest in this one.

  • Frank Downtown Sep 18, 2012

    Why did no one shop at the other one? Is Cameron village to far to drive? There is also a food lion on New Bern and on Raleigh Road are they too far for them to walk as well?

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