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Downtown's Depressingly Few Grocery Options, In a Cute Map!

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On the heels of last month's major announcement of WRS Inc.'s planned purchase of Underground Atlanta, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the hypothetical new owner is in talks with a grocery store for the hypothetical new urban center slated to rise on the site. While nothing is set in stone, the news is a big deal for current and future residents and the general livability of downtown Atlanta, which currently has no grocery store. The article mentions Walmart Neighborhood Market, City Target and Publix as possible options, though the future is hardly clear. Downtown has been a food desert since Kroger shuttered across from City Hall in 2005. To illustrate the lack of grocers in the downtown area, we've mapped out the limited options for buying the basics around our supposed urban nucleus. If downtown is going to thrive, we need to do better.


·Underground Atlanta developer in talks with new downtown grocery [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
·A Definitive (& Mildly Wrong) Map of ATL Kroger Nicknames [Curbed Atlanta]

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1. Intown Market

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349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
(404) 577-8465

The closest grocery to downtown, the small market has the basic essentials, though from the Google view inside, seems to lack fresh produce and meat. Not a one-stop-shop, it is walking/biking distance from downtown, at just under a mile away.

2. The Boxcar Grocer

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249 Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 883-3608
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The Boxcar Grocer is a mile south of downtown. A "health food" retailer and neighborhood grocer, the setting is charming, but the selection doesn't match a big-name outfit.

3. Publix Super Market at Piedmont

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595 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-1750
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Publix at Piedmont and North Avenue is the closest big-name grocery to downtown. A mile-and-a-half north of Five Points, the store will contend with an influx of patrons as the neighborhood's population swells.

4. Hardy's Market

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516 Lee St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 753-3473

Around since 1946, Hardy's garners mixed reviews online (as in there are two reviews, a five-star and a one-star). The sign touts meat and vegetables, but we aren't quite sure if it is a full-fledged grocery, and two miles from downtown, it isn't exactly close.

5. Publix Super Market at The Plaza Midtown

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950 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 253-3544
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The Publix at Plaza Midtown is two miles due north of downtown. The store caters to the highrises and Georgia Tech students of the neighborhood.

6. Save-A-Lot

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854 Oak St
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 756-1616
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Save-a-lot is located at the Mall at West End, a little more than two miles south of downtown. From the looks of things, it's easy to get a parking space, though for the downtown pedestrian, it would be quite a trek.

7. Big Bear Foods

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683 Joseph E Lowery Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 753-1478

Located two-and-a-half miles south of downtown, Google describes the market as "a compact, bare-bones grocery store selling fruits & vegetables, meat, fish & packaged items."

8. Kroger

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725 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-2701
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While this Kroger has a rocky reputation, recently renovated and easily accessible to the Beltline, it's now putting its best foot forward. Though almost three miles from downtown, getting ice cream home unmelted in the summer sun is a tall order for those on foot.

9. Kroger

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590 Cascade Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 756-1140
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Known as "Kroger Citi Center," the store is another contender for rebranding as "Beltline Kroger" as it sits adjacent to the under-construction Westside Trail. Three miles from downtown, there isn't all that much "Citi Center" about it.

10. Publix Super Market at Ponce

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1001 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 892-9229
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The Publix on Ponce is located in located at the northern edge of Poncey-Highlands, more than three miles from downtown. For any urban resident without a car, it is all but too far.

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1. Intown Market

349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

The closest grocery to downtown, the small market has the basic essentials, though from the Google view inside, seems to lack fresh produce and meat. Not a one-stop-shop, it is walking/biking distance from downtown, at just under a mile away.

349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

2. The Boxcar Grocer

249 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The Boxcar Grocer is a mile south of downtown. A "health food" retailer and neighborhood grocer, the setting is charming, but the selection doesn't match a big-name outfit.

249 Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. Publix Super Market at Piedmont

595 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Publix at Piedmont and North Avenue is the closest big-name grocery to downtown. A mile-and-a-half north of Five Points, the store will contend with an influx of patrons as the neighborhood's population swells.

595 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

4. Hardy's Market

516 Lee St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Around since 1946, Hardy's garners mixed reviews online (as in there are two reviews, a five-star and a one-star). The sign touts meat and vegetables, but we aren't quite sure if it is a full-fledged grocery, and two miles from downtown, it isn't exactly close.

516 Lee St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

5. Publix Super Market at The Plaza Midtown

950 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Publix at Plaza Midtown is two miles due north of downtown. The store caters to the highrises and Georgia Tech students of the neighborhood.

950 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. Save-A-Lot

854 Oak St, Atlanta, GA 30310

Save-a-lot is located at the Mall at West End, a little more than two miles south of downtown. From the looks of things, it's easy to get a parking space, though for the downtown pedestrian, it would be quite a trek.

854 Oak St
Atlanta, GA 30310

7. Big Bear Foods

683 Joseph E Lowery Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Located two-and-a-half miles south of downtown, Google describes the market as "a compact, bare-bones grocery store selling fruits & vegetables, meat, fish & packaged items."

683 Joseph E Lowery Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

8. Kroger

725 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

While this Kroger has a rocky reputation, recently renovated and easily accessible to the Beltline, it's now putting its best foot forward. Though almost three miles from downtown, getting ice cream home unmelted in the summer sun is a tall order for those on foot.

725 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Kroger

590 Cascade Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Known as "Kroger Citi Center," the store is another contender for rebranding as "Beltline Kroger" as it sits adjacent to the under-construction Westside Trail. Three miles from downtown, there isn't all that much "Citi Center" about it.

590 Cascade Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

10. Publix Super Market at Ponce

1001 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The Publix on Ponce is located in located at the northern edge of Poncey-Highlands, more than three miles from downtown. For any urban resident without a car, it is all but too far.

1001 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306