Downtown residents who've been longing for their own supermarket may not have their exact wish fulfilled, but this one's pretty close. A Tom Thumb will open in an apartment building a stone's throw from the Central Business District.
The supermarket will open on the ground floor of a 10-story residential building at Live Oak and Texas streets. It's phase two of the City Lights development from Greystar, which completed a five-story rental complex one block over, at Live Oak Street and Good-Latimer Expressway, in 2015.
This new project will be a 10-story building with 365 apartments. The setup for Tom Thumb will be similar to the situation with the Whole Foods Market that opened on the ground floor of the Gables Residential apartment building in Uptown in 2015, with an underground parking lot and instant access for building residents.
It will also serve a wide swath of residents on the east side of downtown, who live in areas such as Bryan Place, Deep Ellum, and the Baylor hospital district. The store will be across from the Latino Cultural Center and a couple of blocks from the Deep Ellum DART Rail train station.
Retail was always planned for City Lights, but the original developer declared bankruptcy.
This Tom Thumb is the latest in a series of supermarkets cropping up around, but not inside, the Central Business District.
There is also a Tom Thumb being plotted for the ground floor of the Union complex on Field Street, north of Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Uptown. And Kroger is plotting a new store east of North Central Expressway by Ross Avenue, less than a mile from the Kroger at Cityplace.