Grocery store to open in downtown's old White Cross Drug building

Makayla Zurn

Grocery store to open in downtown's old White Cross Drug building

CREATED Jun. 14, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Downtown Las Vegas business owners, eager to get in on the redevelopment of the area, are set to bring a much needed full sized grocery store to downtown.

Soon the old White Cross Drugs on Las Vegas Boulevard will have a new name and purpose.

"We're keeping the historical name. We're just changing it from White Cross Drugs to White Cross Market," said Jimmy Shoshani.

The more than 60-year-old drugstore will now be a place to stock up on groceries rather than cosmetics or your prescriptions.

Local business owner Jimmy Shoshani and his brother are bringing something they feel is a necessity to the redevelopment of downtown, a grocery store.

"With the whole big deal going on with Zappos and all their employees moving downtown, that's another group of people we're trying to cater to," said Shoshani.

The iconic White Cross Drugs facade will remain, as well as the longtime Las Vegas diner, Tiffany's cafe, which has remained in business since the drugstore closed in March

"It's very slow. Ever since White Cross moved out, look at it. No customers," said restaurant manager, Darne Morgan.

They expect to be a bustling 24 hour restaurant, once again, as soon as the market opens for business this summer.

White Cross Market owners say if the grocery store does well, they also hope to expand into the old Myers Market space that has been vacant for several years.

"To be part of this historical landmark that's been in town for 60 years, it's very exciting and it's very gratifying to be someone that's involved in this right now," said Shoshani.

Before renovations can proceed, inspections and city permits must be approved. The White Cross Market will offer packaged meats, fresh produce and a full deli with cold cuts and cheeses.

The owners say it will be open 24 hours seven days a week.