King Soopers this morning presented to the Stapleton Design Review Committee a conceptual site plan for a full-sized grocery store in Eastbridge of a comparable size and quality as the existing store on Quebec. A final contract hasn’t yet been signed but the two parties seem to be moving closer toward agreement on how the store would sit on the site.
King Soopers says the smaller style stores have not been successful and they are not building any more in that design. The current concept has the back of the store/loading zone on Havana and the front faces west, into the residential community. Kings Soopers expects they could have an exterior walk-up window for the pharmacy but there’s not room for a drive up. The plan also calls for a gas station in the lot to the east of the grocery store.
At the far west end of the Eastbridge town center (in the triangular area west of Geneva), Forest City, as of this conceptual plan, is envisioning a restaurant or two with upper decks that face west and a plaza area with a water feature where the community can gather. Parking lies between the grocery store and the restaurants/plaza.
The committee focused on such issues as pedestrian access (especially to accommodate “moms with strollers and dogs”), traffic flow, and parking spaces. As Forest City has mentioned previously, if this plan moves forward, they are looking at a late 2015, early 2016 opening.