Construction begins on downtown Salt Lake City Harmons grocery store at City Creek

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  • tron
    Aug. 13, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    Harmon's has done a great job updating there stores over the past few years. But I can't understand why they don't put a good coffee shop inside the stores. They have the grocery store employees making the coffee and its just terrible. With so many great local coffee shop options you would think they could get one of the local guys to come in and operate a kiosk inside there store...especially given the type of customer the new one will attract. Come on Harmon's give me a good cup of Joe!

  • Gr8Dane
    Aug. 8, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    If Harmons could just imitate what the "WEGMAN's" chain of privately-held grocery stores does in the Northeast of the uNited States, they'd be wildly popular! It's like Disneyland for foodies! An olive "bar" with about 30 kinds of fresh olives, a cheese bar with hundreds of kinds of cheeses from all over the world, fresh local produce, a world-class bakery, in-store food buffets and nice waiting areas with tables, comfortable chairs, wi-fi, even a "choo-choo" train that is suspended from the ceiling which is always a hit with the kids. And us older "kids." Nothing against Harmons, but they have that reputation as a no-nonsense sort of staid "western family" brand kind of store. They need to jazz it up a little (no pun intended).

  • praxis
    July 9, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    @RSD - it appears that the front of the store is two stories of glass, with slats to filter the light that will come through those south-facing windows.

    Imagine how the interior of the store will be with all of that natural light cascading in.

  • hatumai
    July 9, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    @ RSD

    How many grocery stores in Utah do you know of that look like this? I haven't seen any that look anything like it... they're usually just plain old cinderblock warehouses. This, in comparison, has plenty of character and style. And just so you know, it wasn't designed by a Utah architect, it was designed by Chicago-based SOM, perhaps the most reputable architectural firm in the world.

  • CaseyA
    July 9, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    The real key to the success of this project will be whether Harmons can keep the vagrants and riff-raff from setting up shop in the parking lot and on the property and accosting the patrons. The idea of a parking lot on the roof will help.

    I live and work downtown and the Smiths in the Avenues, the Albertsons across from Crown Burger and the Smiths on 4th South are plagued with beggers, pan-handlers, and thieves. Keeping that element out will be the key to the success of the downtown Harmons.

    If you see a homeless person begging, give money to the Road Home or one of the religious institutions that support shelters (Catholic and LDS do this for sure). Don't, under and circumstances, give the homeless person money directly.

  • Lyle
    July 9, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    If you really do your grocery shopping at 7-Elevens, you are in for a very pleasant surprise when you try an actual grocery store, especially a Harmon's.

  • raybies
    July 9, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Grocerie store, downtown? Don't they have enough 7-11's to make this unnecessary?

  • RSD
    July 9, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    Wonderful idea, lousy execution. Great for the neighborhood but are there no architects left in Utah with imagination? Why has Salt Lake City become the center of the unimaginative, glass and steel school of square architecture? That building looks dated already, and not in a good way. What happened to character and style?

  • apache1
    July 9, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    I am excited, this is going to be a great addition to downtown Salt Lake. The downtown area has needed a nice modern grocery store for a long time now, I am looking forward to it's 2011 opening.

  • Orem Native
    July 8, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    The Harmons in Orem is wonderful. They have the best artisan breads and cheeses It will be a great addition to downtown SLC.

  • Hungry for Organics
    July 8, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    Living downtown is already the greatest, but this just puts a cherry on top. We thousands who live downtown can't wait for this store to open!

    We're especially eager to see organic food and local growers.

    Way to go, Harmons!

  • SumBuddy
    July 8, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    Yea I can't wait until this store is done then I can walk over on Monday buy some lunch stuff for the rest of the week. I've done that in the past but always have had to drive. Now I can walk over and get some exercise. I've really liked harmon's as well I just wished they had one closer to my home. I really liked when they price matched all the competitors ads.

  • Zadruga Guy
    July 8, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    I question the article's assertion as to how long it has been since a grocery store was last downtown. American Stores had a grocery store in their corporate headquarters more recently than what the article indicates.

  • hmmm interesting
    July 8, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    Fresh Market is a big disappointment as far as I'm concerned. Prices are lower than Albertson's were, but the brands have gone down as well and the variety has decreased.

  • Andy
    July 8, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    I too am very excited for this store. I work in the eagle gate tower and think having some fresh fruit and a deli right there will be a great improvement.

  • praxis
    July 8, 2010 12:31 p.m.

    Can't wait for the new "Planet Harmons" to open downtown. The store in Draper is amazing - that is why I call it "Planet Harmons" - Bob and Randy really know what they are doing and how to make the grocery shopping experience fresh and exciting!

    Now, Fresh Market - such a misnomer. When the Alberston's stores were bought, there was no budget planned for "freshening" the stores: fixtures, interiors, etc.

    Albertson's was known for lack-luster stores, Fresh Market is just the same status quo. It's just sad, really... they could have been so much more.

  • no-one
    July 8, 2010 11:51 a.m.

    Hope it is ahead of schedule. Good downtown food is hard to find. Most of the restaurants that do exist just mix in sugar and salt to make the meal palatable

  • S Ahiwlsa
    July 8, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    I have been really looking forward to this part of the City Creek project. I thought it was to be completed in Fall this year though. Ah, a little more waiting it seems. However, is it Spring or Fall 2011? The story and picture captions state both time frames.