FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Downtown Fort Worth now has something it’s never had before — a grocery store.
On Thursday, Oliver’s Fine Foods opened its doors in Sundance Square.
There has been a growing need for some type of community grocery store as more people decide to live in downtown Fort Worth.
Storeowner Todd Bush said the store has a lot to offer.
“We have a full hot and cold deli, we call it short order cooking. Soup, salads, sandwiches, burgers, steak sandwiches, Cubans…” he explained.
But Oliver’s isn’t just about prepared foods. “We are a full grocer,” said Bush. “We have about 800 different shelf items. We are a full butcher shop, carry all natural meats and organic. We prepare everything in-house.”
Sundance Square President Johnny Campbell said the need for a downtown grocery store has long topped the list of needs. “This is something that has been the most requested category of merchandise used since I’ve been here for 10 years.”
While Campbell is excited to have the new area business he admits downtown still has other needs.
“We still have requests for things like dry cleaning, drug stores and some of the other basic staples that people expect to be near them.”
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns said the demand for a grocer wasn’t just driven by Sundance Square residents, but also a request of those who work downtown.
“We’re starting to see [downtown] growth pick back up again, for the first time in a few years. And it’s only going to grow more,” he said.
Campbell is just relieved that business is up and running. “Instead of answering the question, ‘When are we going to have a grocery in downtown Fort Worth?’ I can now point to it and say exactly where it is.”
The 6600-square-foot Oliver’s Fort Worth store is located at 415 Throckmorton, in Sundance Square.
The first Oliver’s location opened three years ago, in Mansfield.