Downtown Denver gets its own grocery store with Dean’s Urban Market

Family-owned market opened last month in a 12,000-square-foot space Denver’s Ballpark district

Posted: 09/14/2011 06:24:14 AM MDT   Updated: 09/14/2011 06:25:21 AM MDT   Author: Matthew Rodriguez

Bradford Peterson of Denver shops for crackers last week at Dean’s Urban Market, at 1415 Park Ave. in Denver. The grocery store opened Aug. 5 in the city’s Ballpark district. Photo by Matthew Rodriguez, YourHub

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Tonya Dean Steiner lived in downtown Denver for about a year, but she said the area lacked a convenient grocery store.

“It was my one complaint about living downtown,” she said.

Now, Steiner is a partner in family-owned Dean’s Urban Market, which opened last month in a 12,000-square-foot space at 1415 Park Ave. W. in Denver’s Ballpark district.

The idea for the store came about at a Father’s Day barbecue last year at Steiner’s former home downtown. The family ventured out to find some items for the barbecue and ended up scouting out potential grocery store locations.

“We started walking around saying, ‘If we could put a grocery store somewhere, where would it be?’” Steiner said.

Councilwoman Judy Montero said the grocery store offers a combination of items that are in standard, as well as natural and organic, grocery stores in an area that was essentially a food desert.

“They have the choices of healthy food,” she said.

Some Dean family members also co-own a grocery store in Fairplay.

Brandon Kelley, 28, said he has lived in the Ballpark area for more than a year and the store is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

“I like the fact that it’s locally owned,” he said. “I wish them nothing but success.”

Matthew Rodriguez: 303-954-2409 or mrodriguez@denverpost.com