More grocery stores coming to Lodo, Colfax Ave.

LoDo adding 2,000 residential units in coming year

DENVER - As areas like lower downtown Denver continue to add residential units in the coming years, the need for more grocery stores is increasing.

Two new stores are planned for urban Denver as early as next year. One will be a Sprouts near East Colfax Avenue and Garfield Street. The other is a store near 20th Street and Chestnut near Coors Field, reported the Denver Post.

The East Colfax store will be a Sprouts. Plans for the Chestnut location have not yet been finalized, but the Post reported it could be a King Soopers.

The need in LoDo is expected to increase in the coming years. Development in the area is expected to bring at least 2,000 more residential units in the coming years.

Currently the closes grocery stores to LoDo are either the Safeway near Park Avenue and Washington Street, the King Soopers on Speer Boulevard at 14th Avenue or another Safeway on Federal Boulevard near 26th Avenue.

Neither of these stores are "walkable" -- a major focus for city planners.

"There's tremendous need for a grocery store in that area," Deputy Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development John Lucero told the Post.