ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city of Albuquerque plans to negotiate with local developer Geltmore LLC to bring a small grocery store to the Downtown core.
The grocery — 6,000 square feet — would be operated by the owner of P’tit Louis Bistro, a French restaurant nearby. The store would offer baked goods, a deli, produce, cheeses, frozen food and household essentials, the city said.
It would be on the ground floor of a four-story building that would also include 61 apartment units, plus space for retail.
The Albuquerque Development Commission approved the Geltmore selection Thursday. Paul Silverman, chief executive officer of Geltmore, is a member of the development commission, but he recused himself from the decision, said Gilbert Montaño, Albuquerque’s deputy chief administrative officer.
The other two proposals up for consideration came from local developers Rob Dickson of Paradigm and Co., who redeveloped the old Albuquerque High School, and the owner of G Mart, a convenience store.
Montaño said the Geltmore proposal was attractive because it had a commitment from someone who will operate the grocery store.