[UPDATED with an author's note: for more thoughts on the closing of the indoor Downtown Phoenix Public Market, check out this post.]
The Urban Grocery at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market is closing next weekend.
For now, that’s all we know. The indoor grocery store, opened a couple years ago, is closing next Saturday 12 May. What is known is that the outdoor open-air markets will continue as well as Food Truck Friday.
Whatever the situation, this is sad news for downtown Phoenix. It’s hard to say why this is happening but I think part of it is a lack of density around the place and in downtown Phoenix. That an independent grocery store and hyperlocal market couldn’t survive is definitely troubling for downtown Phoenix’s renaissance.
It also confuses the downtown Phoenix conversation significantly.
Time will tell before we find out what’s happened. But we who fight the fight for downtown Phoenix just have been handed one of our most significant blows to date.
For more thoughts on the matter, I invite you to read “More thoughts on the Downtown Phoenix Public Market closure.”