Next to the Peacock Loop Diner will be Global Foods Market, an international grocery on the ground floor of a five-story student-housing building at Delmar Boulevard and Eastgate Avenue. It'll be the second outpost for Global Foods; a Kirkwood location opened in 1999.
"Expansion was always in the back of our mind, but the opportunity didn't present itself till Wash. U. approached us," says Global Foods Market's Shayn Prapaisilp. "What better location than the Loop?" Prapaisilp says it will have products with students in mind -- smaller kitchens, cooking for one person -- but hopes to be a grocery for the entire University City community.
"The Loop is such a destination for people in St. Louis and from out of town, and people have been clamoring for a grocery in U. City for a long time. We bring a really unique and local concept to the area," he says. Both the Peacock Loop Diner and Global Foods Market are aiming to open in July or August 2014.