Making Groceries

Making Groceries: that's what folks in New Orleans call going to the supermarket. (Which reminds me: In Philly, where I grew up, they call it going to the "food store.")

Here’s the latest on supermarket openings in various corners of the country, starting with the nation’s capital:

Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, an independent grocery store in Richmond, Va., with an uber-local, natural and organic focus, is coming to DC. ET’s second home will be at 14th and Irving Streets NW, right by the Columbia Heights Metro station. The 14,000-ish-square-foot store is slated to open by this time next year. ET’s definition of local? A 100-mile radius.

Speaking of Richmond, MA reader Alicia Jones, who writes about cooking here and dining here, reports that Virginia’s state capital now has a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. After a little poking around, I learned that TJ’s has also expanded to Atlanta, and this week, opens stores in Nashville, Surprise, Ariz. (about an hour northwest of Phoenix), and Clackamas, Ore. (about 20 minutes southeast of Portland).

At Whole Foods, the new additions are Roseville, Calif. (in the Sacramento area), Wellington, Fla. (just outside of West Palm Beach) and Millburn-Union, NJ (near the Oranges).

This week, regional chain Wegmans opened a gargantuan 140,000-square-foot store in Gainsville, Va.

This just in from Progressive Grocer: Fresh & Easy, a chain cropping up in the southwest and California, is about to open two stores in Bakersfield, Calif. Owned by British corporation Tesco, Fresh & Easy is going green with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building materials in their new stores.

Got a supermarket opening in your neck of the woods? Share in the comments area, or keep me informed here, for a future installment of Making Groceries.

By Kim ODonnel |  November 7, 2008; 7:43 AM ET Food Shopping
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I'm in Lafayette, LA., and I had never heard the phrase "making groceries." But I'm new to this area. I just turned around and asked a co-worker, and he confirmed it. "That's what folks say around here."

Posted by: davemarks | November 7, 2008 4:47 PM

Lynda, a reader from Indiana e-mailed this report: "Here in Bloomington, Indiana, a local grocery-store owner opened a
second, large store - Sahara Mart. Both stores feature organic and
hard-to-come-by international items. And last, but not least, I think the new store boasts around 5,000 different wines from all over the world."

Posted by: kimodo | November 7, 2008 5:37 PM

In Colorado (and in a couple of other states we have a chain called Sunflower). I'll describe it as Whole Foods Lite. Not nearly the same selection but lots of organics, natural foods and local items and a WHOLE lot cheaper. I buy about 75% of my groceries there for my family of 4.

Posted by: RockyMountainHigh | November 7, 2008 8:42 PM

Making groceries is probably a translation from the French "faire les courses"


Posted by: rowandk | November 7, 2008 9:07 PM

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