St. Louis is poised to welcome a host of locally focused grocery stores.
Access to quality grocery stores has long been an issue for many city residents, who've had to head west to get the best selection of fresh, healthy and local options all in one place. That changes this month with the opening of Fields Foods (1500 Lafayette Ave., 314.241.3276, fieldsfoods.com), a full-service grocery store with a local focus, located in the heart of the city. The 37,000-square-foot space is part of the City Hospital development on the edge of Lafayette Square, an up-and-coming area that also includes hotspots like the restaurant Element and The Georgian condominiums.
The driving concept behind Fields Foods is to provide a place where local foodies and those who want more fresh, local options can find a wide selection of high-quality products while also supporting local producers and purveyors. The store is part of the St. Louis Food Hub, a trio of companies that also includes the Virtual Food Hub, an online entity connecting local farmers and customers, and Farm to Family Foods, a local food distributer and wholesaler.
In addition to groceries, Fields is offering its patrons a variety of premade delicacies, from brick oven-baked pizza to fresh sushi, plus a wine and beer cellar stocked with all manner of liquid delights. Stop by for the grand opening on Jan. 4. Several other new grocery stores are hot on the heels of Fields Foods, looking to get in on the city's booming demand for all things natural, sustainable and local.
Global Foods Market has signed on to be the anchor tenant at The Lofts of Washington University, an $80 million retail and student housing development currently under construction in The Loop. The store, along with the rest of the development, is slated to open for business this summer.
Lucky's Market is a Colorado-based chain specializing in natural and organic food with an eye toward local and sustainable products. It’s scheduled to open in Rock Hill later this year in the Market at McKnight development. It'll be the company's second Missouri location; the Columbia, MO, store opens its doors this month.
Whole Foods is headed for the Central West End in the relatively near future. The company will open its third St. Louis store at 100 N. Euclid Ave., part of the as-yet-undeveloped City Walk project. The store is expected to debut sometime in 2015.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will bring healthy food options to Fairview Heights, IL, later this year. The store will be located at Illinois-159 and Lincoln Trail, in the former Kmart building.
Photo credit: Rendering courtesy of Fields Foods