A new grocery store for Denver’s Highland and Sunnyside neighborhoods sells produce and meat, naturally, but also wine by the glass for customers to sip while they shop.
Leevers Locavore Northside opened on Thursday at 38th Avenue and Clay Street with a full grocery selection, plus three restaurants, a craft coffee, beer and wine bar and a local butcher shop.
The restaurants — more like stalls — sell pizza, sushi, sandwiches and charcuterie. The latter come from Culture Meat & Cheese, which is based at Denver Central Market.
From the substantial bar, customers can purchase drinks to sip on and store in shopping cart cup-holders while they browse. Before all of this starts to sound more like the next food hall experience than that of a supermarket, Leevers Locavore vice president Chris Franklin says not to worry.
Before opening, he and his team surveyed 1,200 community members to see what the neighborhood wanted in a grocery store. The resounding response: “Just a grocery store,” Franklin said.
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Brothers Chris and John Leevers are experienced in big-box stores; they also own Colorado’s Save-A-Lots as well as Colorado Ranch Market, and they operate Leevers Foods stores in North Dakota. But Leevers Locavore is the first of its kind in Denver. They have an opportunity to create a new niche in their company’s home market, and their plan is to open more Locavores around Denver, Franklin said.
“Aside from little markets, there aren’t new grocery stores opening up,” he said.
By offering locally sourced products, selling beer and wine and providing bar and table seating for people to hold meetings or sit and work, Franklin hopes Leevers will also act as a “community hub,” even though “(a grocery store) is not typically something people get excited about,” he said.
But the grocer’s offerings, reminiscent of bigger brands like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Sprouts, also set it apart.
Carly DeFilippo, Provided by Leevers LocavoreShopping carts with cup holders …
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle