Downtown will gain a tasty tenant next spring when The Hills Market opens a second location on North Grant Avenue.

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It's true: The Hills Market will open a Downtown location in spring 2012. The first question we asked: Does this mean we can happy hour at The Hills? The answer: Yes.

"Once we obtain all the licenses we need, The Hills Market Downtown will play host to a wine (and beer) bar, with seating available both inside the store and outside on our patio. Expect excellent munchies and great deals on drinks," Hills marketing maven Jill Moorhead said in an email.

The new Hills will be a lot like the existing store near Worthington, which is beloved for its gourmet and specialty foods, produce, meat and seafood and its prepared foods and bakery. The Hills is also a fan of food-tastic events - including cooking classes and wine tastings - and those will take on an "urban twist" in the Downtown location.

Moorhead said the company has considered a second location on and off for a while.

"The downtown decision seems like a perfect fit for us," she said. "Downtown Columbus has some incredible things going for it right now, and with the recent and future development options happening with Neighborhood Launch, this is the right time and place for The Hills Market Downtown to join the current dialogue of our city. There's a movement in Columbus (culinary and otherwise) and we're thrilled to be part of it," she said.

The store will fill a vacant 12,000-square-foot space at 95 N. Grant Ave., a couple blocks north of Broad Street.

While The Hills is aiming squarely at the neighborhood for business, they'll also cater to the worker-bee lunch rush.

"We'll have hot ready-to-go favorites, custom-made sandwiches, Hills classics, an incredible salad bar filled with fresh and local fixings and, of course, the Shout Wipes you'll need if you spill any lunch on you," Moorhead said.

(Store rendering by Michelle Isroff, Big Red Rooster)