Depot district to get its first grocery store

It’s been 17 years since The Gateway opened as a mixed-use retail center in Downtown’s western edge.  Since then both the former retail center and its surrounding neighborhood have welcomed hundreds of new residential units, office workers, hotel rooms and entertainment options.

Despite the area’s growth, the neighborhood has lacked a key amenity- a grocery store.  Today the local grocer, The Store, announced its plans to bring the area its first full-service grocery store (minus a pharmacy).  The fine foods grocer will open its first downtown location at the corner of 100 South and Rio Grande Street, in the middle of The Gateway.

Since 2017 over 1,400 residential units have opened within a block of The Gateway.

Currently, the closest full-service grocery stores for the area’s residents are both just over a mile away, a Rancho Market in the Fairpark neighborhood and a Harmons grocer at the City Creek Center.

The Store’s downtown location will be its second location in the region.  The local grocer currently operates just one location in Holladay, about 20 minutes south of Salt Lake.  According to a statement, like the Holladay location, the downtown location will feature hundreds of locally-made products.  The downtown store will also feature an expanded deli, bakery and seating area.

The addition of a grocery store is just one of several significant additions planned or underway at The Gateway.   Since purchasing The Gateway in 2016, Arizona-based Vestar has actively moved away from a focus on retail, instead focusing on bringing in technology-based companies and new entertainment, dining and nightlight options.

Just this year The Gateway’s added or announced a new cafe by Salt Lake-based La Barba; new bars, Seabird Bar and Vinyl Room (from the founders of La Barba) and the state’s first Punch Bowl Social (a bar/arcade theme from Denver); the state’s first Dave and Busters; the state’s first SkinnyFats, a food/beer/wine hall; live theater venue run by the Wasatch Theater Company; and a proposed eight-story boutique hotel at the historic Union Pacific Depot.

This past month, technology-based companies Recursion Pharmaceuticals and Kiln opened their doors at The Gateway adding 125,000-square-feet of new office space.

The northeast corner of the Alta Gateway Station Apartments. Image courtesy Studio PBA, Inc.
Looking south on 400 West along the eastern edge of the Hardware District Development which stretches from 300 North to North Temple. Photo by Mike Fife.

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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 isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.