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Business Fri Sep 12 2008

Urban Fresh to Replace Sunflower Market

It looks like there's a new store opening in the space that was Sunflower Market on Clybourn (1910 N. Clybourn, to be exact). It's called Urban Fresh, by Jewel--a smaller-scale grocery score that will offer ready-made meals, produce, organic foods and other convenience items with a healthy spin. Earlier this week the New York Times had an article about similar markets opening up around the country, all coming from larger chains like Safeway and Wal-Mart; even Whole Foods is planning cozier stores for harried shoppers.

European chain Aldi is also planning to open new (and smaller-than-average) stores in the Chicago area, and similarly, instead of dozens of brands of bread or cereal, Aldi mostly sells only one, often their own brand, making shopping easy and less expensive.

 
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Michael Beesom / September 12, 2008 9:45 PM

These two blogs have lots of coverage on small-format stores like Urban Fresh and otehrs.

www.freshneasybuzz.blogspot.com

www.naturalspecialtyfoodsmemo.blogspot.com

using small-format grocery stores and small-format food retailing in the search boxes on the blogs brought up lots of posts. Also looking through the archives of course.

Michael

Meseret Hailu / October 26, 2009 7:24 AM

I suspect it won't last much more than a year.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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