Construction starts on downtown South Salt Lake grocery store

Construction is underway on a new WinCo grocery store as part of The Crossing development in South Salt Lake. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

It has been over a year since South Salt Lake officials announced that WinCo Foods would open an 85,000-square-foot grocery store on the 2100 South block of State Street as part of The Crossing mixed-use development.  But on Monday, representatives from South Salt Lake and the Boyer Company celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony the start of construction on the anchor grocery store.

According to city officials, The Crossing, a $45 million retail and residential hub, is the first phase in implementing the South Salt Lake Downtown Master Plan which outlines plans to develop a 235-acre mixed-use neighborhood in the heart of the city.

Site plan for the Crossing Development. Image courtesy South Salt Lake.

In addition to the grocery store, the development includes two multifamily residential projects and commercial space.  Boyer is collaborating with Cowboy Partners to develop both residential projects, those projects, Liberty Crossing and Liberty on Main will add 277 units the area.

The Crossing is being developed around the South Salt Lake City station, one of the city’s four stations on S-Line streetcar corridor.

Liberty Crossing will face the streetcar line directly south of the Winco grocery store.  Liberty on Main will occupy the northwest corner of the block at the intersection of 2100 South and Main Street.

The WinCo grocery store will occupy the center of the block with additional single-tenant retail space fronting State Street.  The Crossing Development plans to engage both 2100 South and State Street by having active uses along both corridors.  Although the plans appear to activate the block corners, at midblock, Main Street will be dominated surface parking lot directly south of the grocery store.

It has taken over a decade for South Salt Lake City leaders to see development take off in the area. In 2007 city officials announced ambitious plans for building a new downtown with high and mid-rise buildings.  But after the Great Recession hit, financing dried up and the project was never realized.

According to city officials, when built out South Salt Lake’s Downtown will include up to 2,500 multi-family housing units, 1.5 million square feet of retail space and 3 million square feet of office/commercial space.

In addition to The Crossing development, two other multifamily projects are under construction along the S-Line, the S-Line Townhomes and Zellerbach Multifamily developments will bring 324 residential units to the 300 and 400 East blocks on the S-Line.  A third project, the Ritz Classic Apartments, is expected to start construction later this spring.  That project is directly east of The Crossing on State Street and will include 287 residential units.

Artist rendering of Liberty Crossing. Image courtesy South Salt Lake.
The site plan for the Crossing Development including the Liberty Crossing Apartments pictured right. Image courtesy South Salt Lake.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at