With the opening of the Omni Louisville Tuesday, downtown Louisville also got its first grocery and food hall, Falls City Market.
“This is my new grocery,” said Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, D-4, who lives downtown. The market has “everything that you need. You can get paper plates, paper napkins, Ziploc baggies, peanut butter, salt, pepper, potato chips.”
Customers who spend $5 or more at Falls City Market can have their parking validated for two hours if they park in the Omni Louisville parking garage, Sexton Smith also pointed out.
Omni Louisville officials have described Falls City Market as a 20,000-square-foot modern urban market and food hall selling grocery staples and prepared food and drinks. The market also includes a Heine Bros. Coffee, a bookstore, bakery, wine shop, flower store and more.
Todd Stinson, the assistant manager of Falls City Market, told Insider that the grocery would expand its offering based on requests.
“If we get two or three people requesting something, we’ll add it, if it’s available through one of our vendors,” he said. “We start off with the basics, but we’re going to be able to expand with what the customers’ needs are. As the apartments fill up, as more people come in, we’re going to see what everybody wants.”
Ahead of the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Omni Louisville hotel, workers were still stocking some shelves and putting out prices for the various goods. Stinson said construction workers were in Falls City Market until Saturday working to finish the space.
“It’s been a challenge the last week, but we got it there,” he said.
The hours of operation for Falls City Market are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with Heine Bros. Coffee opening a few hours earlier at 6 a.m.
During the ribbon cutting, Omni Louisville General Manager Scott Stuckey said he hopes Louisville residents will take advantage of Falls City Market, as well as its restaurants, bars and spa.
“We’re expecting a huge turnout from the local residents of Louisville,” he said. “Omni has very much designed this property with them in mind, with the intersecting towers to represent the crossroads of the past, the present and the future of Louisville.
“Even if locals never spend a night here at our hotel, I can guarantee you they will celebrate anniversary dinners, meet friends for drinks after work, pick up dinner at our fabulous one-of-a-kind Falls City Market; guests will get their caffeine fix at Heine Bros. and attend an event at our rooftop space while they walk through our local art gallery with admiration.”
Stuckey added that Omni Hotels & Resorts believes the city’s best days are ahead of it.