The owners of the international foods emporium voted best grocery store in the city by Swamplot readers last year have announced they’ll be opening a second location Downtown, across the street from Discovery Green — whose opening day was voted the Best Moment in Houston Real Estate in the Swamplot Awards the previous year. What Swamplot Award-winner mashup will they think of next?
The new 28,000-sq.-ft Phoenicia Specialty Foods — smaller than the 55,000-sq.-ft. store on Westheimer near Kirkwood — is expected to open at the end of this year across McKinney St. from the Downtown park, in the ground floor of the One Park Place apartment tower. But park visitors will likely have to walk around the building to get their freekeh on: The store’s entrance will face Austin St.
We know what you’re wondering — will the pita be floating down from the ceiling on a conveyor belt Downtown too?
In this little promo video, the owners say yes. Wine, housewares, pita, and other baked goods will be available on a 10,000-sq.-ft. mezzanine. The remainder of the space, on the ground floor, will contain a deli, a bakery, and plenty of prepared foods — along with large areas for shoppers and Downtown lunchers to sit down and eat them.
- Downtown bags a grocery store [Houston Chronicle]
- Phoenicia To Give Downtown A New Place To Grocery Shop [Eating Our Words]
- Downtown Scores Foodie Favorite as Phoenicia comes to One Park Place [YouTube]
- The Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate, 2009: The Winners! and The Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate, 2008: The Winners! [Swamplot]