River Market scores big with grocery store + corporate HQ

The River Market is going to welcome a new grocery store, Nature's Own Market, according to today's announcement by Iconic Development.

The River Market is going to welcome a new grocery store, Nature’s Own Health Food Market, to 414 Oak St., according to today’s announcement by Iconic Development.

The KC Streetcar continues to spur economic development along its line, and news out of the River Market is the latest evidence of the recent boon throughout Downtown.

Chris Sally with Iconic Development today announced the first retail and office tenants at his latest mixed use project at 414 Oak St., two blocks away from two streetcar stops.  The building was part of the former historic Muehlebach / Schlitz Brewery complex, and will include:

  • Nature’s Own Health Food Market will open its second grocery location, and will fill a void for convenient neighborhood grocery in the River Market.
  • Offices for Structurflex, one of the world’s leading designers and suppliers of tensile canopies and membranes, who is tripling its existing office space and establishing its North American headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The success of the streetcar continues to have impact on the development in River Market.  The explosion of apartment and new residences has created a need for neighborhood services and boutique office development,” said Sean O’Byrne, vice president of Business Development for the Downtown Council.

“We’ve always maintained that the streetcar is more than just a transportation project but is also an important piece to a bigger puzzle,” said Tom Gerend, executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority.  “The Downtown streetcar is creating energy and revitalization in under-used properties from the River Market area to the Crossroads District. We are celebrating new restaurants, new residential units and new businesses in the heart of our city. ”

Retail Tenant: Nature’s Own Heath Market is opening a second location; the first store is located at 43rd and Main Street.  They will be taking the entire retail side of the mixed use project and will have a large outdoor brick patio between the historic freight buildings.  This is great news for residents and employees of downtown.

Nature’s Own Market, a full line grocery store offering high quality, organic and natural foods at competitive prices, will be opening a new location this September in the River Market. The transformation of the historic Schlitz Brewery located at 5th & Oak will create a unique shopping opportunity in the River Market for those seeking convenience and value on products without artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

Open daily with convenient hours, the Market will offer a wide selection of grab-and-go foods that are prepared by many of the outstanding restaurants throughout the city.  Grocery items will range from nutrition bars to baking supplies, household items, gluten free options, a variety of locally brewed packaged beer and wine as well as a large assortment of kombucha (bottled and on-tap) and cold pressed juices.

The Market will offer a variety of dairy items as well as organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, many of which will be sourced from local family farms. For those seeking non-dairy or shelf-stable alternatives, several options will be made available.  The frozen section will consist of favorites such as pizza and ice cream as well as chicken, beef, pork and seafood from animals raised without antibiotics and added hormones

The aisles will also be full of hundreds of top quality vitamins, herbs, and supplements to meet the health and wellbeing needs of our ever growing health conscious society.  A full line of body care items will also be available.  The bulk foods section will contain various bins of flours, sugars, grains, seeds and nuts as well as locally roasted coffee and freshly ground peanut and almond butter.

Office Tenant:  Bart Dreiling, president of Structurflex’s American Operations, said the new offices will serve as their North American Headquarters and will also handle additional expansion into Latin America.  The Missouri Department of Economic Development assisted the company with its expansion of three new jobs and $180,000 investment through the Missouri Works Program.

Structurflex is currently undertaking multiple projects throughout the United States including work on the Honolulu Area Rapid Transit system, a large canopy for the Ward Parkway Mall expansion, ETFE membrane structures at the NIKE Headquarters and is now being awarded a major project at a professional sports facility.  Structurflex also specializes in textile façade systems, often used for cladding the exteriors of parking garages or used to reduce solar gain into buildings.

“The Muehlebach District, (east side of River Market) along with the West side of Columbus Park is on the cusp of transforming into a dense walkable urban neighborhood with all the amenities such as restaurants, retail businesses, cultural events, and even the ability to walk to work,” O’Byrne said.

For more information on today’s announce, check out The Kansas City Business Journal.