published Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Chattanooga’s Southside targeted for grocery store, apartment development


by Amy Williams
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    This drawing shows how the Mission on Main development, which will include apartments and retail, is expected to look when completed in 2011.

Developers Gavin Thomas and Eric Cummings announced this morning they plan a full-service grocery and an apartment/retail complex as part of two separate projects in the Southside area of downtown Chattanooga.

They are the developers of Enzo’s Market at Main and Long streets in the former Hill’s Florist building and a mixed-use retail and residential project, the Mission on Main, to be located at Market and Main streets.

“When both of these projects come into place, it is just going to be a different place, which is really exciting,” Mr. Thomas said. “In the next couple of years, Main Street is going to be unrecognizable.”

The announcement was made during the third annual Mainx24 celebration that includes more than 60 events and is aimed at showcasing the transformation under way in the Main Street area of the Southside. Events are scheduled throughout today and into tomorrow morning.

The grocery store is expected to open in the summer of next year. Mission on Main, featuring 40 rental units, anticipates opening in 2011.

Sam Turner, the man behind Enzo’s Market, comes to the grocery business with decades of experience. When he sold his chain of Favorite Market convenience stores three years ago, he was operating 131 of the stores. Today he operates 26 stores in Alabama and Florida.

He plans for the store to be an upscale gourmet urban grocery store, with 11,000 square feet dedicated to the supermarket, about 2,200 square feet for a cafe and deli, and a 1,150-square-foot wine shop.

“It will be something kind of different for the area, but similar to the old urban grocery stores that used to exist before people decided they wanted to go shop in 150,000-square-foot place,” Mr. Turner said.

See tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete coverage.

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Good news (if it one day happens)! Upscale grocery, deli, and wine choices for the Southside is welcomed as is an alternative to the high priced Greenlife and Riverside Beverage on the North Shore.

December 5, 2009 at 12:09 p.m.
Oz said...

It would be nice if Tennessee would allow grocery stores to sell wine. I would love to see Trader Joe's in Chattanooga. I'm getting tired of driving to Atlanta every month. Trader Joe's is a national chain with quality products at reasonable prices.

I would rather have my tax dollars go to the city of Chattanooga and the State of Tennessee. The liquor stores in Chattanooga aren't getting my money now and my tax dollars are going to Georgia. So let's allow grocery stores to sell wine. We all know Tennessee needs the revenue.

December 5, 2009 at 10:34 p.m.
fftspam said...

dead project. I hope they didn't spent too much money on the pictures. Sucks that TFP didn't ask any questions two years ago.

February 11, 2011 at 4:16 a.m.
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