Grocery store planned for former Cadillac dealership

July 15, 2010
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New grocery storeA neighborhood grocery store is planned for the former home of Tutwiler Cadillac at the southwest corner of Meridian and 24th streets. The vacant building across from the Library Services Center most recently served as home to a business furniture store. The plans call for a 16,000-square-foot grocery store, along with an additional 3,000 square feet for retail or office space. A site plan submitted by local architect Craig McCormick shows a sales floor of 9,300 square feet and an entrance along Meridian Street. It does not name the grocery store brand. The developer is Johnny Diaz, who owns grocery stores under various names in South Florida and New York. New grocery store aerialThe one-acre site will have 62 parking spaces, fewer than the 118 mandated by code. However, the city planning staff supported the project in part to encourage reuse of the urban site, which is serviced by bus routes and is in close proximity to several apartment buildings. Plans call for the demolition of a small portion of the building that juts out from the main building toward 24th Street, to make way for more parking. The city still is waiting on a detailed landscaping plan. A co-branded Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins is set to open in the former home of Bonjour Cafe across the street; the restaurant just won approval to add a drive-through. Another developer two years ago had proposed a funeral home for the grocery site but later dropped the plans.

  • Not sure if they are right, but Channel 8 has been touting it as an IGA. Strange for an urban setting.

    Great for the area. Will help the whole midtown area.
    • .
      Definitely good news.
    • IGA?
      I doubt that it is an IGA...don't they normally pop-up in small cities/towns? At least that has been my impression.

      From SSC:

      Brothers Jimmy and John Diaz at their Diaz Supermarket location at 212 West Mowry Drive. In 1976, Adalbert Diaz moved his family from New York City to Homestead. In 1979 with the help of 1st National Bank of South Florida he opened the first Diaz Supermarket on Moody Drive and Southwest 135th Avenue.

      Thirty-one years later, with the financial assistance of 1st National Bank of South Florida, his sons, John and Jimmy and daughter Aida Brunelle, and Johnâ??s wife Mercedes, own and operate
      three grocery stores and the Princeton Insurance Agency, all located in the Homestead area.
    • great news
      Glad to see some common sense on the parking variance as well
    • Grocery
      I saw a report on this earlier in the week that said it was to be an IGA. Good news in any case.
    • neighborhood food
      So the neighborhood gets "dinner" (the IGA) and "dessert" (the Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins) right next to each other. Sweet.
    • IGA
      I agree, its odd to see IGAs anywhere near a large city, however imagine my surprise when I visited the Cayman Islands last year and shopped at an IGA. Fosters Food Faire to be exact.
    • IGA
      IGA's can be found around Cinncinatti in the neighrborhood nodes around the Univ.Of.Cincy in clifton and clifton heights, as well as not far from the downtown in Over the Rhine area.

      I actually think IGA's would be a good fit for some of our smaller neighborhoods around the area. Most of those smaller areas are representative of some smaller/rural cities in some instances as far as income/demographics, etc.
    • IGA
      IGA = Independent Grocers Association. It's sort of like a franchise or like True Value Hardware. They are independently owned but can take advantage of bulk purchases by the umbrella organization.
    • We need it
      I'm glad there will be an alternative to the Marsh in Lockerbie and 16th Street Kroger for those of us who live downtown. Hope the produce at IGA is an improvement over the other two stores.
    • Interesting
      I'm really curious to see how this turns out. I agree with Carol - It's nice to have more options for us who live downtown. I am also very excited about the food co-op opening on 10th Street later this summer.
    • IGAs in Indy
      It seems like there used to be IGAs in Indianapolis. Wasn't there one around 38th and Shadeland about 10 years or so ago - where the CVS and Duncan Donuts is now?
    • Fall Creek Place
      As a neighbor living in FCP a grocery store will be a great addition..
    • Updates?
      are there any updates on this grocery store. is it still on? Any projection on dates? I don't see much movement going on there :(
      Just seeing if you had any updates to this story yet?
    • Diaz raided by Feds
      This week Diaz stores in south miami florida were raided by feds for illegal activity.

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