- Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News

All you Central Market groupies will have to wait a bit longer to shop the new Uptown Dallas store.

The popular grocery store is the anchor tenant of a high-rise mixed-use project planned at McKinney avenues.

Dallas developer KDC and Central Market owner H-E-B announced plans for the tower project in 2018 on the site of a former Albertson’s store.

Construction was originally expected to start this year.

But with the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-awaited project — like many other commercial developments — has been delayed.

Groundbreaking for the almost $200 million project is now set for early 2021.

Along with Central Market, the building will include offices and shops.

Dallas architect Omniplan and San Antonio design firm Lake|Flato designed the 19-story tower. Balfour Beatty Construction is the general contractor.

The project will take about two years to build. The high-profile property has been vacant since 2017.

Grocers Tom Thumb and Whole Foods have already opened Uptown Dallas locations.