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Downtown Cleveland's Heinen's is now open for business. (Source: WOIO)

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –It took $10 million to take a building closed since 1991 and turn it into a jewel in downtown. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for the new downtown Heinen’s grocery store.

The store, which will employ about 80 people, is located on the corner of East 9th Street and Euclid, inside the Cleveland Trust Building.

“It’s just gorgeous. It’s great. Downtown needed this,” said one customer.

“It’s vibrant and it’s alive,” said another smiling customer.

The Heinen brothers, Jeff and Tom, say it’s more than a grocery store. They call it a destination. Sure, there are traditional aisles with food, but in the breathtaking rotunda, complete with a Tiffany-esk glass ceiling, it’s so much more.

Fresh meat and seafood cases, soup and salad bar, sushi and poke bar, prepared food and carving station for the lunch crowds. Upstairs, it’s all about the after-work crowd with eight beers on tap and 40 self-serve wines. Insert your prepaid card, choose a taste or a full glass, and out it comes from a space-age looking contraption. In total, there are 500 different beers and 1,600 wines.

“But truthfully, every day, the way this store is designed, it can be a destination for people to come and gather, linger, really enjoy the beautiful space we have, but also, all the great food we have,” boasts Tom Heinen.

 

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Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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