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When will downtown Louisville get a grocery store? Here's what we found

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When will downtown Louisville get a grocery store? Here's what we found

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The Courier Journal's continued coverage of food insecurity in Louisville is supported by the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism's 2018 National Fellowship.

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Matt Stone/Louisville Courier Journal
CourierJournal
Thursday, July 18, 2019

With thousands of new residents moving into downtown Louisville, one question is on many minds.

When will downtown residents get a full-service grocery store?

The Courier Journal tackled that question in an in-depth report, speaking with residents, developers and business owners about the growth they're seeing downtown and what's needed for a grocery store to thrive.

Some of our key findings:

  • Louisville's Central Business District and its adjoining neighborhoods — including NuLu, Butchertown and the area south of Broadway — are growing, but not fast enough to support a grocery. Local developers and industry experts say the downtown area must double in population to make that happen.
  • While other metro cities have opened grocery stores downtown, central Louisville struggles with high poverty rates, which could further complicate designing a store.
  • The Omni Hotel's Falls City Market has not filled the grocery store need as officials had hoped, with the market's own manager saying it is an "upscale urban market" — not a grocery store.

[This story was originally published by Courier Journal.]