Uptown Grocery Co.

Just off West Covell Road in Edmond, Okla., an oil derrick bobs its head up and down pumping black gold from underground. But the real treasure is 50 yards to the east. That’s where Uptown Grocery Co. has sprouted on the prairie, bringing shoppers in this upscale Oklahoma City suburb high quality gourmet prepared foods, top-notch produce, prime aged beef, dock-fresh seafood, made-from-scratch bakery, floral, organic and conventional groceries, along with the latest in dietary supplements, all housed in a literally “industrial chic” environment where everything – including the temperature – is geared to shopper comfort. Read about Uptown Grocery Co. here.

Photos by Richard Turcsik

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Built in 2011, Uptown Grocery Co.’s façade is modeled after an old warehouse in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Outside the rear of the store an oil derrick bobs for Black Gold. The large red neon Uptown Grocery Co. sign makes the store visible from a key intersection 2 blocks away.

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Shoppers entering the main entrance are greeted with a black-and-white mural of Oklahoma City in the early 20th Century.

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A 3-D mural of a woman pedaling a real bicycle graces the main entrance...

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... as well as the main exit.

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Framed in lime green tile, the circular floral department offers a unique environment to display plants and flowers.

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Next to floral is the catering office.

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In The Great Grains Bakery department just about everything is made from scratch and the Glacier Blue tile glitters like frosting.

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Breads are dusted with flour in the shape of the store’s logo.

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Even the cakes are works of art.

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The Wedgery – Livin’ on the Wedge cheese department is across from bakery and is well-known throughout the Oklahoma City area.

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It stocks more than 300 varieties of cheese.

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The fresh foods side of the store is bathed in three stories of natural light and contains seating for 90.

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A massive salad station is the center of attention.

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Hot items include homemade meatloaf...

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Hot items include homemade meatloaf...

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... and “loaded” mashed potatoes.

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More than 120 varieties of salads are made fresh daily.

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The most popular is the Sonoma Chicken Salad made with poppy seeds, grapes and pecans.

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Seven varieties of salsa are made in-house.

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Pre-cooked steaks are a big seller.

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Fresh seafood is flown in from California. Split King crab legs and split lobster tails are best-sellers.

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Prime aged beef is aged for a full 28 days compared to 14 or 21 at many stores.

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Sausages are made in-house.

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The Produce department specializes in local product.

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Organic produce from Peach Crest Farm is grown in Oklahoma.

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Architecture in the grocery department mimics the barrel roofs on 1950s-era Safeways and Grand Unions.

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Your Wellness, Uptown’s version of a GNC, is housed beyond the registers in an area originally slated for a bank. It is wildly popular with shoppers.

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To increase selection grocery shelves are stacked close together.

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Most dairy items are behind doors to save energy.

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Beer is sold both chilled and warm.

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Over 200 varieties of bulk foods are sold in plastic tubs for shopper convenience, cleanliness and food safety reasons.

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