Atlas Building to be home to grocery store

JD Malone, The Columbus Dispatch
The Atlas Building at 8 E. Long St. in Downtown Columbus

This fall, Downtown residents and workers will be able to grab a few groceries and a cup of coffee at the Atlas Building.

A small grocery store, about 2,500 square feet, is close to signing a lease at the redeveloped high rise, said Michael Schiff, principal of Schiff Capital Group, which owns the Atlas, located at 8 E. Long St.

The store, which doesn't have a name yet, will offer specialty coffee, pastries, baked goods and sandwiches as well as a selection of fresh food and groceries.

"It's a grab-n-go," Schiff said. "There is a strong need for a store like this in that area."

The Atlas has been transformed into first-floor retail space and 98 apartments on the floors above. About 80 apartments are finished and 76 have been leased, Schiff said.

The grocery should open within the next 60 days, Schiff said. The store should accommodate Downtown residents' needs between weekly grocery store runs and is a sign that there is a critical mass of people returning to the city.

Schiff sees the store serving not only the people renting his apartments, but also the nearby residential developments planned Downtown as well as area workers.

The Atlas grocery will join another, similar store planned for a little farther north. Nelson's Convenience Store will open on Nationwide Boulevard later this summer, serving the Arena District.

Schiff isn't done leasing retail space in the Atlas building, with about half of the first floor still up for grabs.

"We have a lot of interest in the remaining half," Schiff said.