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Dec 19, 2007 05:25 PM

Meinhardt Fine Foods - Calgary

A possibility it seems...don't know anything about them, what would they bring to us Gourmet grocer afficionados here in Calgary?

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  1. I shopped there regularly when I lived in Vancouver - higher end products (truffle oils, etc), and the most amazing blackberries every summer. I keep holding out hope that Calgary will get a Whole Foods eventually.

    1. that would be fantastic if they went in with Liberty since i just live up the road a few blocks - i shopped a meinhardt once in a while when i lived in vancouver, it wasn't in my neighbourhood- it was pretty expensive for day to day items, but if you wanted something particular it was the place.

      1. That would be great. In addition to providing some higher end more elusive items, they have some pretty good deli and take out selections. I don't suppose that they would also carry their beautiful bouquets like in VAncouver

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        1. re: alex8alot

          Why do you say that? We like flowers too.

          Regardless, it is going to be a LONG time before anything gets in the ground there, which is a damn shame. I'd look forward to at least 18 months more of vandalism, squatter, and a lot of crack sold out of that derelict building. I kills me to be this pessimistic (and you all know that I am the king of looking at the bright side in Calgary), but in this case I am just mad as hell. They should never had permitted the leaseholders to be evicted so many months- heck, YEARS- before anything else was firmed up. Now we have an eyesore that is getting worse by the day.

          1. re: John Manzo

            Sounds like they are still looking at 2 years before they open the Calgary store, according to this article:

            1. re: mmm_cookies

              Might seem trivial but not to this neighbourhood booster- Meinhardt's will be in BANKVIEW, on the west side of 14th, not Mt Royal.

              1. re: John Manzo

                Dorset Cereal's wonderful 540g Muesli is about $12 at Meinhardts Vancouver.

                It is less than half that at London Drugs here in Calgary!!!

                1. re: graemejw

                  London Drugs has some amazing little finds- really good jams for good prices, very surprising!

                  1. re: graemejw

                    Yes, but they do have piquillo peppers at less than $4 a jar. Can't touch that anywhere I have seen them in Cgy.

            2. re: alex8alot

              The florist at CFM (next to Cookbook Co.) has some pretty spectacular arrangements.

              1. re: alex8alot

                If it makes you feel any better Meinhardt's flowers are not what they used to be. They do not seem to have a regular florist anymore and last time I went there to buy some bouquets for friends every beautiful bouquet in the place was old and wilted.

                A friend who used to work there told me the owners had bought a place in Calgary but backed off on opening when the economy hit a slow down...

              2. Sounds like they have exciting stuff in the works- we lived a block from the store at Granville and 14th and it was our local for eggs, bread and milk. Yes, they have the expensive exclusive brands and the exotics, but they also had very reasonably priced basics considering the neighborhood. You just had to be careful to avoid the stuff at eye level like the $20 jars of spaghetti sauce. They also carry the ordinary brands and pricewise, it was on par with Safeway's prices when they weren't flyer items (ie. overpriced but not obscenely so).
                I know Linda fairly well actually from a class we took and saw her frequently at the store. She is a really interesting person and glad to see the business flourishing. I hope she expands to Edmonton.

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                1. re: DezH

                  Did any of this ever happen? Did Liberty open a store in Calgary - what is at this block (14th Street and 25th Avenue S.W.) now?

                  1. re: graemejw

                    There's nothing there - an empty strip mall building that was a campaign office at one point, and that burned out 2-storey building that used to contain Blue Funk (the soap store) and a gifts/home decor shop.