From The Inbox

I keep getting emails from readers about the new grocery store going in downtown called Bishop's. The SJ web page is describing it as a "boutique" grocery store modeled after Trader Joes and New Seasons. Being a big fan of Trader Joe's, I never thought of TJ's as being "boutique." It's somewhat unique but it isn't fancy or expensive. The products sold are slightly more exotic then you might find in Winco but I don't dress up when I shop there. I feel like they threw that Trader Joe's comparison in there to hype up the store. The space seems to be a little small for a full sized grocery store like TJ's, and parking? This will be great for downtown residents who want a local place to stroll over to and pick up a gallon of milk. It's much needed. Don't get me wrong, a local grocery store going in downtown is good and if it is like TJ's, I'll shop there all the time. What are your thoughts?

8 comments:

Rebekah said...

I think a local grocery is a great idea as long as it isn't cost prohibitive. Obviously it'll be a little more than Winco, but if it gets too expensive or "boutique like" it will probably not survive and that would be sad. I hope it is very much like TJ's. That would be great!

Rebekah said...

They also applied for a liquor license to sell drinks both inside and outside at tables. That sounds more like a restaurant to me. Anyone know more about that?

KandN said...

When the first sj story came out, I googled to see what info was available and found they would be selling meat from the same local ranch that sells at Salem Public Market. That seemed like a positive to me.
I would like to get a better idea of where exactly it's going in - in relation to other businesses.

jeff said...

I was thinking the other day that all the new condo developement on the riverfront and The Meridian were going to need some nearby food shopping soon.

Looks like someone else was thinking that too.

Anonymous said...

You mean, all those empty condos with no people in them will need a grocery story downtown? The Trade St. building has been empty since it opened in December, and word is the Meridian and Riverfront condos are having trouble selling. Could it have something to do with those $300,000 price tags?

Rebekah said...

According to the Church St Condo developers, it's not the price of the condos that people are balking at, but the lack of parking (or lack of good residential parking rules) downtown that are keeping people from buying. I noticed the a Meridian condo is now selling for somewhere in the 160,000 range.

mama2dylan said...

Has anyone shopped at Bishop's yet?

KandN said...

I keep forgetting to check and see if Bishop's is open yet. Does anyone know?