New York-based Murray's Cheese opens its first Colorado shop in the Glendale King Soopers

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Lori Midson
"Nine years ago," says Liz Thorpe, "when no one cared about cheese, we started selling cheese at Murray's, a small cheese shop in New York, and thanks to some amazing people with a genuine love and passion for cheese, we've become one of the best cheese shops in the country."

Murray's, which Forbes.com has called the "world's best cheese shop," has 31 stores throughout the United States, including the first mini-Murray's Cheese shop in Denver, which opened on August 14 inside the Glendale King Soopers at 4600 Leetsdale Drive.

"Three-and-a-half years ago, we formed an exclusive partnership with Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers, and we couldn't be more excited to launch our first store in Denver, a city that prides itself on being local and sustainable," says Thorpe, the vice president of Murray's, author of The Cheese Chronicles and co-author of The Murray's Cheese Handbook.

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Lori Midson
The launch of Murray's in Denver is part of a multi-state roll-out that will also include locations in two additional King Soopers stores in the metro area: the King Soopers at 2750 South Colorado Boulevard, and the King Soopers at 6000 South Holly Street in Greenwood Village; Murray's Cheese will open in both stores by the end of September. And by the end of November, there will be three Murray's Cheese shops in the Boulder area, followed by several others in the mountains.

Each store, notes Thorpe, will carry upwards of 175 local, domestic and international cheeses, which are grouped by style, similar flavor characteristics and texture. The Gelndale King Soopers currently carries a dozen local cheeses sourced from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, Rocking W Ranch and MouCo Cheese Company. "We have common cheeses and fancy cheeses, but they're accessible to everyone, and they're also affordable," says Thorpe, adding, too, that none of the cheeses are pre-cut, and that all of the cheesemongers are Murray's trained.

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4 comments
Kathy
Kathy

None of the honey in the picture above is from Colorado - which is a shame given that we've got an amazing selection of local varietal honeys made right here in Colorado.

Rosemary Laurita
Rosemary Laurita

I find it utterly absurd that a cheese shop of that caliber would not acknowledge the many foodies on the West side of Denver which would include Evergreen, etc.  Why are the three locations in Denver all on the East and South side of the city? Applewood would be a great location.

Kari
Kari

I used to live right next to the original Murray's in the West Village in NYC.  Very exciting to see them here!

Mantonat
Mantonat

While I welcome cheese in its many forms, I hope people think first of our locally owned cheese shops like St. Killian's and the Truffle for their cheese needs. Variety is a great thing, but not at the expense of hard working proprietors who go the extra mile to make customers happy even if they don't have the space for the variety that Murray's carries.

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