The new Leevers Locavore, which opened last month in Denver, is a decided departure for the family-owned grocery business behind Leevers Foods, Colorado Ranch Market and Save A Lot stores. “We wanted a store where someone would walk in and feel as comfortable at 7 a.m. going to the coffee shop as they would coming in for lunch or dinner,” said Chris Franklin, VP of Leevers Locavore. “We also wanted a great bar, but a place where you can still have a grocery store experience.”
An emphasis on local
With an emphasis on locally sourced natural and organic products, including grab-and-go items from area chefs and restaurants; a meat counter stocked with Denver-based River Bear American Meats; Colorado-grown fresh produce; and a bar serving coffee, wine and beer, Leevers Locavore is an entirely fresh concept for the Leevers family, which relocated one of its Save A Lot stores to make way for the sleek new concept.
A dynamic foodservice scene
Shoppers can either purchase prepared foods to take home or to enjoy in the 60-seat mezzanine, in what were the old Save A Lot offices. Local pizzeria Basil Doc’s supplies the pies, while Denver-based One Two Three Sushi spearheads sashimi, nigiri and more. Justin Brunson, a local chef and restaurant owner, heads up the Cultured Meat and Cheese charcuterie and deli counter, where deli meats, bacon and sausages are made fresh in-store.
Grocery shopping with something extra
Leevers Locavore is a new kind of grocery store that has something for everyone throughout the days. Some come for everyday grocery shopping, some for a morning coffee and others for a meal from one of the local restaurants that bring a dynamic foodservice component to the space.
Shopping carts with a twist
The shopping carts at Leevers Locavore, designed by Boulder, Colo.-based Versacart, are equipped with cup holders so customers can enjoy an adult beverage while they shop. “It’s a sip and shop experience,” said Franklin. “But it’s also a place for milk, eggs and aluminum foil if you need it.”