Tuesday, August 11, 2009

FoodWire: Schnucks Culinaria Opens Downtown

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Culinaria - A Schnucks Market opened this morning at 315 North 9th Street. The store features a 21,000-square-foot main floor and a 6,000-square-foot mezzanine.

click to enlarge Culinaria - A Schnucks Market at Olive and North 9th Street - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • Culinaria - A Schnucks Market at Olive and North 9th Street
More, including details on changes at nearby City Grocer, after the jump...

Culinaria features both staple groceries and Schnucks' new high-end Culinaria brand. It has a Kaldi's coffee bar, a sandwich bar, a wine bar and much, much more. You can even follow the store -- store manager, Tom Collora, to be precise -- on Twitter.

click to enlarge Culinaria, as viewed from North 9th Street. - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • Culinaria, as viewed from North 9th Street.
Grand-opening ceremonies were underway when I stopped by this morning, and the inside was packed. I decided to return later to scope out more detail when -- if? -- the store isn't so crazy. Look for a second report later this week.

Meanwhile, nearby City Grocers (920 Olive Street) has announced plans to transform itself into City Gourmet, with an emphasis on prepared food and fast-casual dining options, including a burrito bar. City Grocers will close after business Wednesday and reopen at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18.

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