Downtown Supermarket is a Matter of Time

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 7:52 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 7:52 AM EDT

For more than a decade, there's been talk of adding a downtown Buffalo supermarket. As more people move downtown, there's a larger need for such services.

A report in this week's Business First shows how a store could come in the "not-too-distant future."

Business First says Tops Friendly Markets is "definitely interested" in adding a store in the downtown area. Tops already has 81 stores in the Buffalo market. Store officials say they're watching development within the city very closely, noting that the concept would have to fit the downtown Buffalo community, with the right timing and right location.

The report says Wegmans has no plans to open a store in downtown Buffalo, but they won't rule out future considerations.

This week's Business First features supermarket stats. The typical supermarket serves about 8,800 customers per store. Downtown Buffalo has 3,300 residents. It also has 58,000 workers.

A typical Wegmans store is more than 100,000 square feet, going up to 130,000.

The likely size of a downtown Buffalo grocery store would be just over 11,000 square feet, no more than 30,000, according to the report.

You can read more in this week's Business First.