Friday, August 7, 2009

New Inman Park Grocery Store Going After Savvy Consumers

Inman Park is getting their first grocery store and it's not a chain! It's called Savi Urban Market, and it's taking up a new building on Elizabeth street- right behind the popular Fritti and Sotto Sotto eateries. The new building itself is across the street from a store called "At The Collective" (which neighbors may recall was the old Inman Perk). Details of this new concept are slowly becoming available but the fact that it's a local market and not another chain store sounds good enough already. Savi Urban Market hopes to create a neighborhood, more compact version of a Whole Foods, with elements of The Fresh Market as well. Select produce, beer / wine and a deli counter are all planned. With an opening set for mid-late September, they will open right as Emory has resumed classes. Repeat Atlanta!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like expensive for no reason. In this recession, I'm savvy by shopping at chains like Kroger and Publix to keep from spending the big bucks at these boutique grocery stores. All the best tho!

Anonymous said...

Kind of agree with anonymous here. Even before Whole Foods opened up, Harry's/Metro Fresh and any number of "boutique groceries" in VaHi, Inman Park, Candler Park have struggled.

There is nothing more frustrating than popping into one of these places (assuming parking is available) and them not having what you are looking for - fresh bread, ripe tomatoes, etc. At the bigger stores, you can at least be sure you won't have to make 2 stops even if you have to pay more (Whole) or sacrifice quality (Publix) or risk getting stabbed (Kroger on Ponce).

Good luck, though.

Anonymous said...

I welcome the addition to the neighborhood where you can pop in and buy something fresh with a bottle of wine provided the wine is not $15 and up like at Parish and Alon's. Those places kill me with prices and lack of product. Hopefully this can fill the gaps those two in particular places fail to deliver.

Anonymous said...

I've long been saying that Inman Park needs a neighborhood corner grocery where one can pop in to buy some produce, bread or milk without having to trek to Kroger or Publix, if it is to truly become a walking neighborhood. We don't need another high end, gourmet market, so hopefully they'll fill this void.

withasigh said...

I hope this place isn't like Mercantile on Dekalb Ave in Candler Park. The stuff there is too expensive when Kroger is just as close to pretty much everyone in the neighborhood.

That said, a place that is within walking distance would be welcome so long as it is affordable.

Anonymous said...

It does not sound expensive to me.
The sign says fresh, local and affordable. They boast the largest selection of fine wines under 15.00 and a family meal for 4 for 15.95.

IQ Fitness Blog said...

why are you calling this place expensive. all the blogs that I have read say that they will more affordable than Wholepaycheck.

Anonymous said...

I think that is is safe to assume that if it is not a chain, prices will have to be higher. People, it simple economics:

Chains like Walmart are able to buy in bulk and sell at lower prices.

And I'm going to Trader Joes for 2 buck chuck!

Anonymous said...

Maybe walmart is cheaper, but it's walmart. How about we start supporting our small family farms and organic market and get away from the large chains. (ever hear of the slow foods movement?)Years and years ago there weren't large chained stores "taking over business" from your smaller guys. sounds to me like this place will be affordable, no way to know but to check em out whenever they open. lets show some support for the small guys.

Anonymous said...

I am all for supporting small businesses, but though you might be recession proof, I have to save where I can.

Reactionary said...

"I am all for supporting small businesses, but though you might be recession proof, I have to save where I can."

This really gets to the heart of what is behind most "organic" and "local" consumption: a SWPL display of discretionary income.

Anonymous said...

Reactionary,

You are very well spoken, but what is "SLPW?"

Mr. Chester said...

To all you peeps complaining about the value proposition....Maybe this place is not for you. Its probably for fools like me that will pay an extra few bucks so I don't have to get in my car. If you own a house near Elizabeth and Lake...you know its not cheap.

Reactionary said...

This is SWPL:

stuffwhitepeoplelike.com

The author, Christian Lander, is an iSteve reader. The point behind the parody is white people's obsession with one-upping other whites, often or especially to the detriment of their own group interest.

Food, that vital ingredient of existence, in particular manifests this competition for uber status. When I was growing up in the 1970's, only upper class people ate Romaine lettuce and filet mignon--prices were just too high. Now that technology and competition have brought prices down to the point that the average schlep can whip up Caesar salad and filets at a tailgate party, the SWPL class has come up with 'organic' to differentiate themselves further from Other White People.

And of course, it hasn't stopped there. Now that you can get your free-range chicken and organic Swiss chard at Kroger, you're not really ubermensch until you can say that it's 'local.'