A First Look Inside Oakville Grocery Co. at CityScape

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A small crowd of locals gathered outside the new Oakville Grocery Co. at Cityscape this morning, hungry for a bite and a peek inside the new store, which opened to the public at 10 a.m. 

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Oakville's deli is good for lunch on the go.
Fans of the old location at Scottsdale Quarter will be pleased to see that not much has changed. The expansive, loft feel remains, along with the upscale brands of pasta, condiments, canned goods and sundries carried by the metro area's first Oakville. Even the front register with its racks bearing containers of bulk candies and organic chocolate bars looks nearly identical to its Scottsdale counterpart, though at 10,000 square feet the new CityScape digs allow for more breathing room between aisles.

The full-service deli counter offers free samples of pasta and cold salads, which can be purchased in larger tubs for about $6.99-$9.99 per pound. That's pretty reasonable for an AJ's-quality grocery store, as are the $1.29 mini danishes and $2 muffins you'll find over at the already popular bakery and coffee counter. Another rare find is the Kosher-certified H&H bagels imported from New York.
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Chefs fire up Oakville's pizza ovens for the lunch crowd.

In addition to fresh-baked muffins and cookies, you'll also find a selection of yogurt parfaits and confections (including -- eek! -- cake pops) by the likes of Julia Baker. Considering the deluge of e-mails soliciting locally made items that were sent community-wide by
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Could cake pops be the new cupcake? We're rooting for the nearby macarons instead.
Oakville in recent months, we expected a featured section of Phoenix-made goods.

Unfortunately there's no way to tell most local items from their national counterparts without reading the fine print on labels. But apparently, they're here by the hundreds.

According to PR representative Melissa Rein, the CityScape Oakville stocks more than 300 Arizona-grown or locally produced products, including Arizona Stronghold and Pillsbury wines, Superstition Farms ice cream, Sun Orchard juices and desserts from Jonathan Robbins Bakery.    

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Pillsbury, Javalina Leap and Dos Cabezas wines add local flavor to Oakville's large, affordable stock.
We were also impressed that Oakville's beer steward had Sleepy Dog and another local brewer's beer on tap as part of a small rotating beer selection.

With the exception of the more specialized Downtown Phoenix Public Market, Oakville is downtown Phoenix's first modern grocery store. Critics wonder if the local population will be enough to carry it, and yes, we've had our doubts too. But talking to customers and seeing just how many of them work nearby, it's clear that much of Oakville's business may come Monday through Friday when downtown office workers can grab a bite on their lunch hour or pop in for some quick groceries before heading home.

Oakville Grocery is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Lunch is offered after 11 a.m. and catering delivery will also be available for surrounding businesses.   

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10 comments
vicelord
vicelord

I just don't get it. I don't see how this place, selling the products they sell, will thrive in that location. I live within walking distance, and I don't see myself buying these products. It looks like all ready to eat food. I wanted a grocery store where I could buy the ingredients to make my own meal. meh :(

Confused in CenPho
Confused in CenPho

So I was in Oakville today and saw: Rice, beans, produce, eggs, milk, meat, cheese, pasta, sauces, canned goods, flour, sugar, shall I continue? Seems like you could you know, cook with that and stuff...perhaps go to the store before you go all cit cric...#justsayin

vicelord
vicelord

Well, excuse me!

I saw none of those things in the pictures posted in this blog, nor the three other blogs I read which had pictures posted.

ignorance is bliss
ignorance is bliss

I usually just rely on half-heatedly written blogs to make a decision on whether or not I like a place instead of experiencing it for myself............ 

Confused in CenPho
Confused in CenPho

All I am saying is you should go see for yourself. I'm certain you are an intelligent person who is excellent at making your own judgements without just reading other people's thoughts on  blog.

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