Grocery store filled with local products opening in downtown Oshawa April 20


A boutique grocery store focused on local products is opening up in downtown Oshawa, in a historic building that housed a grocery store 100 years ago.

It’s called Urban Market Picks and Social Hall and it’s located at 27 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa.

Creative Director Melinda Lemay says it’s something the area needs.

“Huffington Post just recently just talked about Oshawa being one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and part of that development in Oshawa, we’re seeing new condos that are going to be going up there,” explained Lemay. “I guess at the end of the day, there really is no grocery store that serves the immediate downtown population.”

She says what’s special is they’re focused on local farmers and businesses.

“If we can imagine what it was like 100 years ago [as a grocery store], most of the building would have been stocked with anything local, that’s just what they did,” said Lemay. “So, it’s really nice to bring it back 100 years later.”

The owner is Alexis Kofman, who also is the developer B.I.G Brockhedge Investment Group.

Lemay says they want people to have an experience when they shop at Urban Market Picks.

She says it’ll be stocked with locally-made items like jams, spreads, housewares, craft beer, wine, meats, cheeses and more.

There will also be a café in the building.

The store has a second level mezzanine that will serve as the “social hall” aspect of the store. Lemay says eventually, people will be able to rent it out.

Behind the store will be Food Truck Alley, which is big enough for four food trucks to be there full time. Lemay says they’ll be open even after the store is closed, because they’re outside.

She adds so far, Gangster Cheese, Fantastic Funnel Cakes and Portabello Road have signed on.