Greater City Providence

Retail Updates: Almost Heaven


Future home of Gourmet Heaven at Weybosset and Union Streets.

The plywood veil has come down from what any day now should be the home of Downcity’s new market, Gourmet Heaven. The market will be located in the ground floor of RISD’s Fletcher Building at Weybosset and Union Streets.

Gourmet Heaven has two locations in New Haven, Connecticut and this is what they have to say about themselves on their website:

We have all the gourmet foods you are looking for with specialty products from around the world. We carry organic snacks and meals, imported candies and nuts, as well as all of your everyday grocery essentials. Gourmet Heaven brings to market the finest food items available… whether it be from our always fresh hot/cold buffet tables, our deli, or the many different groceries we offer!

I’ve been describing it as the 7-Eleven version of Whole Foods. It is not a full size full service grocery store, but it does have a lot of what one would need from a grocery store. Good news for the people who live Downcity, and the people like me, looking for a place to stop on the walk home to pick a few things up.

I don’t know the exact date they plan to open, but it looks like not too long now. The exterior looks terrific, hats off to the architects, Durkee Brown, and the contractor, Site Specific of Providence.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Yay! There’s a sign up (well two actually) at Gourmet Heaven. I didn’t take any photos, it was too cold and windy for me to stop.

  • I took this with my iPhone, and the light was kinda weird, but here’s a photo from yesterday afternoon of Gourmet Heaven’s awnings.

    Gourmet Heaven

    Looks like they are almonst open.

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