I got a chance to look around myself on Wednesday. At first I thought the store seemed strangely empty compared to the overflowing Winchester store, but I'm sure it will be steadily adding new products onto the shelves. One exciting difference I immediately noted was that the northern side of the store has been reserved for a food court where vendors can rent spaces. Right now an Italian place is the only tenant but hopefully others will follow soon. It seems like a natural spot for a sushi place, a taqueria and other ethnic options.
The reason I think it seems like a natural spot for a sushi place is the tremendous amount of fresh seafood the store stocks.
When I say fresh, I mean fresh.
Like the Winchester store, the produce section is stocked with piles of exotic produce that are fun to look at and wonder exactly what you would do with them. There were still plenty of empty bins but the selection is already astounding and I'm sure it will only grow from there. Walking through the original store always made me want to sample the unfamiliar fare when cooked by someone familiar with it. Hopefully the international food court in the new location really takes off with a variety of affordable options. It will make the sprawling grocery even more of a must-visit destination for Memphis-area food lovers.
Also like the Winchester location, the Cordova store doesn't mess around when it comes to stocking rice.
UPDATE: I stopped back by on August 18, 2012 and the produce section is now fully stocked and every bit as impressive as the one at the Winchester store. Also, since a lot of people seem to be interested in the store's operating hours, the Cordova Farmer's Market is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week.