The opening of Sobeys Urban Fresh grocery store on Metcalfe between Nepean and Lisgar was a significant step for the EcoDistrict. Sobeys has brought a new option for groceries and fresh food to the city’s downtown. In addition to everything that you would expect to find in a suburban grocery store, they also have baked goods, a salad bar and hot food bar.
Until this opening the EcoDistrict had little to offer workers and residents looking for something beyond the handy convenience store. In addition, with the loss of Zeller’s downtown there was a real gap in terms of everyday services. In consultations held recently on how to make the downtown better, the issue of healthy and affordable food downtown was flagged by a number of participants.
A vibrant, complete community needs to have access to healthcare, education, greenspace and affordable food. With this new location, Sobeys is providing accessibility to a wide range of healthy food which in turn will increase the social vibrancy of the area. This will not only benefit residents and employees now, but it will help to attract new businesses and residential development to the EcoDistrict.
The store is open 7:00 am until 11:00 pm everyday of the week and located at 193 Metcalfe Street.