Study: SA needs downtown grocery store

Residents validate city report

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter,
Published On: Nov 19 2012 04:52:53 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 05:49:26 PM CST

Most downtown San Antonio residents agree that a large grocery store in the downtown area is a good idea.

The director of the Center City Development Office says that a study indicates that a 20,000-square-foot grocery store can be supported.

“It’s a very good idea because we need it,” said downtown resident Maria De Leon.

“There’s a lot of people moving into the downtown area and we don’t have a grocery store accessible to us,” she said. “Especially a lot of seniors.”

Seniors are not the only residents interested in having a store downtown.

“I have a 2-year-old daughter, so it would be easier to have somewhere close by,” said Kelsey Jary.

Aside from convenience, economics is also a consideration, she said.

"It’s hard to pay for gas if you don’t have enough money for gas to go 20 or 30 minutes out of your way,” said Jary.

No date is available for release of the city’s study, which is still in its draft state.