More on the future Sylvan | Thirty grocery store

As Rachel Stone mentioned in her Oak Cliff round-up last week, a grocery store has signed a letter of intent with Sylvan | Thirty, the development at Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenue.  The project’s developer, Brent Jackson, says that of the grocers that expressed interest in the project, he was looking for “grocers that can really cater to all walks of life and to a more diverse consumer base … Oak Cliff and West Dallas are very diverse areas, and as a project we embrace that diversity. … If you have a grocer that is narrowly focused in its consumer base, then they won’t succeed on our site, and quite frankly that market is fairly saturated over here.”

The grocer that has signed a letter of intent “fits the profile that I’ve just outlined,” Jackson continues, “organic, mindful and interested in a diverse consumer base, and an extremely creative grocer.” Creativity is a must; the Sylvan | Thirty site plan carves out only 8,000 square feet for the grocer — traditional grocery stores usually take up about 40,000 square feet —  so no square pegs will fit in Sylvan | Thirty’s round hole. Jackson isn’t naming names, and will be mum on the specifics until the deal is done, which he hopes will be by the end of the year. “It’s not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination,” he adds — but knowing that a letter of intent has been signed, let the speculation begin.


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  • Ron

    On my return home from the post office I would stop in the grocery store and look for things on sale. Make the products good and very $ competitive and I’M ALL IN!!

  • Debbie

    Any Grocery store would be nice…. lived here all our lives, Minyards has food sitting on the shelf, past expired dates. Organic, healthy food in a clean store… not too much to ask, 1 mile out of the BIG D !

  • Barbara Macleod

    I have been thinking H-E-B since this was mentioned several months ago…has an organic vein, will cater to all scopes of economics for families in the area, has a distribution set up already with Central Market being serviced already with great HEB store brand products!!!

  • Sam

    Anybody tried the new Aldi on Hampton/Illinois? I use Fiesta @ Hampton/Ledbetter or Tom Thumb on Hampton, but both require a bit of a drive. I’d vote for a Sprouts too.

  • Jason

    More things like this will really help us out here in Oak Cliff. I’ve been going to Urban Acres which has been an amazing organic market (love the milk!) to have here in the neighborhood but a big grocery store would help to get some of the essentials. And yes on beer and wine!

  • Stephen

    It would be nice to just have a decent grocery store less than 3.5 miles away (Tom Thumb) or 2 miles away (Minyards – but that’s hardly decent) from my house. Sylvan & 30 would be walkable for me, which I will do! Bring it now, please!

  • Nina

    Trade Joe’s would be awesome!

  • juan

    Newflower is great! I would hope it comes to oak cliff.

  • chas fitzgerald

    Likely a Newflower Market, there is one on Henderson in an equally diverse demographic setting. Would love to get a Sprouts but would certainly welcome a Newflower as well.
    And let’s hope that the November election includes Oak Cliff is permitting wine and beer sales in grocers.

  • Kay

    No Whole Foods for me. Not since I saw an issue of “Guns and Gardens” in their Preston/Forest store. Newflower or Sprouts would be great.

  • Chris

    I hope it’s an H-E-B! The best grocery store ever!

  • ANNIE01

    It would be great to get a Whole Foods or Sprouts in this area.

  • ericthegardener

    The only that I think would fit that description is Newflower Market. And that would make me very happy!