Harmons City Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah

With its outstanding made-from-scratch prepared foods; local produce, meats and specialty foods; plus traditional and gourmet groceries, Harmons City Creek has created a religious experience for foodies in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Visit www.groceryheadquarters.com in August to read about Executive Editor Richard Turcsik’s trip to Harmons.

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Harmons City Creek brings grocery shopping to the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

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Free parking is available in the store’s multi-deck garage.

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That includes rooftop parking.

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But to discourage automobile use whimsical coffee cup-shaped bike racks are available.

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On the mezzanine level an innovative bike rack allows riders to hang bikes from a rafter.

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Harmons features two entrances, including one on the mezzanine level.

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Stairwells are enclosed in glass and brightly lit to encourage shoppers to walk between floors for exercise.

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The mezzanine overlooks the sales floor.

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The mezzanine contains seating for more than 300;

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as well as a gas fireplace framed in 33-pound sandstone tiles;

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a sandwich and sushi bar;

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a coffee bar featuring store-made gelato;

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and a cooking school.

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The cooking school is headed by Chef “Al” Adalberto Diaz.

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Store dietician Laura Holtrap Kohl also leads some classes and gives nutrition-oriented store tours.

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Classes exit into the cookware department, which has been well-received by shoppers.

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Shoppers appreciate that recycling has been made easy through the use of diorama trash receptacles.

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Harmons employs an artist to make chalkboard signs announcing specials, promotions and even aisle markers.

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The main floor houses perishables, grocery, floral and pharmacy departments.

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Silk-screen-like portraits of actual Harmons associates help to “humanize” the store’s cavernous 30-foot high ceilings.

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Meat is cross-merchandised with produce.

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Harmons is promoting turkey as a healthy protein option.

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A carved watermelon sculpture entices shoppers at the seafood case.

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A baker’s dozen team of 13 associates churn out artisan bread, rolls and bagels merchandised on wooden spindles;

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along with a mouth-watering array of fresh pastries, pies and cakes.

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In the prepared foods bar everything is made from scratch;

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including Harmons’ famous artisan pizza.

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Three Freestyle Coca-Cola machines allow shoppers to dispense 50 varieties of soft drinks.

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At Harmons shoppers can grind their own peanut butter.

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Harmons sells such a wide assortment of fine chocolates that it installed a globe so shoppers can see where they hail from.

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Harmons runs its own greeting card program so that it is not beholden to Hallmark or American Greetings.

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A Fresh Pack sealed, tamper-proof system is used to merchandise several hundred varieties of bulk foods. Harmons officials say that eliminates waste, tampering and greatly improves taste and freshness.

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Because the City Creek store has less floor space than Harmons’ suburban locations, Metro shelving is used to save space and allow for an increased variety.

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End caps are framed in LED lighting to make something as commonplace as a bag of Ruffles really pop!

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Crate-like fixtures are used to create merchandising excitement on the front end and throughout the store.

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Utah’s Own shelf tags call attention to local products;

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such as local specialty Fry Sauce;

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and Fat Boy brand ice cream novelties.

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Shoppers buying Fat Boy likely aren’t the target demographic for the store’s Healthy Checkout Line, which features only healthy snacks, like fruit, yogurt and granola bars, along with diet and family magazines. It has been a big hit with shoppers.

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The Healthy Checkout Line also features a refrigerated case.

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