It’s green and white and it’s ready to go at 7 a.m. Thursday morning at uptown Charlotte’s Trade & Tryon intersection.
Reid’s, the market that has bounced around locations all over Charlotte since 1928, opens its newest incarnation this week, returning to uptown with a pocket-size store at 121 W. Trade St., inside the building next to Thomas Polk Park. (If you’ve been around Charlotte long enough, you’ll recognize the space, which has been several restaurants over the years.)
The new store is as much restaurant as store: You’ll find shelves of the store’s popular lines of party foods and gift baskets, like cheese straws, and cases with bakery items, grab & go, frozen entrees and more. But the focus is on breakfast items, sandwiches and salads, made to order from a small kitchen in the back.
At breakfast, prices range from $2.99 (a bagel and schmear of cream cheese), $3.99 (granola and oatmeal) and $5.99 (bowls, sandwiches, quiches, burritos, chicken biscuits and avocado toast).
With 2,100 square feet to play with, there’s also a full coffee bar, a candy rack (important for afternoon cubicle survival) and wine and bottled drinks like kombucha. There’s seating at several small tables in the foyer outside and on the edge of Polk Park’s fountain.
For Reid’s, it’s a return to uptown after it was the original store at 7th Street Station for a number of years. The main location is now at 2823 Selwyn, and there’s a large and busy version, including a restaurant, extensive wine department and a full-service butcher, at SouthPark.
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays.