Urban Shoppers Unite!

Downtown gains a grocery store, critics lose a reason to complain

Developer Sam Cherry’s vision of downtown is of a place where Las Vegans can live, work and play—all within walking distance of each other.

The area is taking another step in that direction with the coming of Resnicks, a grocery store scheduled to open the first week of December at SoHo Lofts (900 Las Vegas Blvd. South) in the area formally occupied by DustGallery. The store will have farm-fresh organic food, household goods and health-care items.

“We’re going to have everything you could want for your house,” he says. “But instead of having 15 different ketchups on a shelf, we’ll have one or two. That’s the difference between us and the supermarkets.”

The store will have the feel of a throwback local grocery similar to what you might find in urban areas of Chicago or New York. Cherry also wants it to be a central location where residents can sit on the patio and enjoy a beverage, listen to music and access Wi-Fi.

“We’re kind of doing our funky twist on what a grocery store is,” he says.

Resnicks, named after Cherry’s great uncle who used to own drugstores in Chicago in the 1920s and ’30s, will be 1,400 square feet initially, with 2,300 square feet available for future expansion.

Cherry has plans to incorporate a bakery into Resnicks, but is taking it slow right now, although he is also working on opening a bar/lounge next door.

“It’s been quite the learning curve understanding how produce comes into Las Vegas and how it gets to the dinner plate,” he says. “So we’re trying to work closely with the best vendors we can find. And [the store is] something that people can now cross off their list when they have something negative to say about downtown.”

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