Imagine a shopping experience where you can browse through heirloom tomatoes, lavender, freshly dug potatoes and goat’s milk cheese, all grown or produced locally. But you’re not walking a parking lot from tent to tent having rushed to get there in the limited hours the Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings – you’re shopping indoors on a Wednesday afternoon! And you’re able to buy locally sourced meats, fresh packaged salsa, prepackaged and prepared dinner entrees and some small batch hand creams and body lotions with natural ingredients … all at the same time.
That’s what we’re planning for the former Albertson’s store space at the Hidden Lakes Shopping Center on the northeast corner of 72nd and Sheridan in Westminster.
The benefits of farmers markets with the convenience of a retail presence and the innovation of local sourcing and distribution are the founding principles of the Local Foods Campus Phase 1 at Hidden Lakes.
The project organizers identified this phased approach based on the realities of funding and investment, motivated property owner who believes in the local food concept and a building that is a clean slate for the project.
A real, tangible benefit to this phase of the project is that it will regenerate a depressed area, the Adams County side of Sheridan at 72nd. Property values in this area have actually lost value from 2009 to 2015, shocking in today’s real estate market! By revitalizing this vacant retail anchor into an attractive local foods grocery store that will bring shoppers and community events, and by generating much needed sales tax revenue, surrounding properties will see increased values.
We are ready and are moving forward with this phase of LFC! After multiple meetings with and discussion with residents, citizens, business owners council members an city staff, our discussions are now moving to senior city staffers to work out the details and timeline.
Imagine, shopping at your Local Foods Campus Market … in October of 2015!