NORTH SALT LAKE—Grocery shopping no longer has to be a trek for south Davis residents living on the west side of the train tracks.
Lee’s Marketplace, the first grocery store in North Salt Lake’s Foxboro area, held a ribbon cutting this morning and officially opened its doors to the public. The store offers both a traditional and specialty grocery experience, as well as a variety of other products and services that also might be hard for local shoppers to find anywhere else.
“We’re offering a more convenient shopping experience for people in this area, but we have all sorts of new items as well,” said Jonathan Badger, president and CEO of Lee’s Marketplace. “We’ll have basics as well as some of the fun stuff.”
The grocery store, which had its groundbreaking last May, has long been awaited by North Salt Lake residents looking for shopping options closer to the Foxboro area. The store’s impact, though, is already stretching beyond the boundaries of the city.
“We’re excited,” said Woods Cross resident Ali Jones. “We don’t need to cross the tracks and wait 20 minutes for a train to get to the store anymore. Half the time the train will just stop, and you’re stuck.”
Badger said the store will do its best to cater to as wide a variety of shoppers as possible, with organic and healthy items as well as a variety of frozen food options and a bulk food section that will include bulk spices.
“You can buy a little or a lot,” said Badger. “However much you need.”
In addition, there will also be allergy-friendly and gluten-free foods.
“We’re going to have the items necessary for people on those type of diets,” he said, adding that the store will also carry alternate yogurts and milks such as almond, cashew and rice milk.
There’s also a buffet area designed to do lunches and dinners that Badger said can fit over 100 people, a specialty candy area that includes a variety of house-made flavored popcorn, a made-from-scratch bakery, a pharmacy that offers drive-through service, and a floral department capable of handling events as well as individual bouquets.
“They can do weddings, funerals, dances or just help you get out of the doghouse,” said Badger.
Like other Lee’s Marketplace locations around the state, the store also offers online ordering at leesmarketplace.com/north-salt-lake (click the red button in the upper right-hand corner of the page). The food will then be brought to the curb, or even farther if that’s what shoppers need.
“You can stop by and pick it up after work, or have it delivered to your house,” he said.
The store’s ribbon cutting kicks off the beginning of a three-day sale that will include store-wide free samples of Lee’s signature items, as well as prize giveaways each day. The grand prize will be a trip to Disneyland.
The store is located at 725 N. Redwood Road in North Salt Lake. For more information, visit facebook.com/leesmarketplace