By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Feb 15, 2016 at 8:13 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

Earlier this evening, the new Metro Market, 4075 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, hosted a sneak peek and ribbon cutting celebration with copious samples for the few hundred people in attendance – many of whom were visibly "wow-ed."

The 90,000-square foot, environmentally friendly structure is sleek, spacious and thoughtfully laid out on two connected floors. 

The new structure also features a multi-level parking garage which simplifies navigating shopping carts to vehicles.

The ground floor offers fresh food and upscale grab-and-go items, including a Starbucks coffee shop, bakery, gelato counter, meat department, 12-tap beer bar, rolled-to-order sushi station, oyster bar, BBQ walk-up, blend-your-own trail mix and more.

The second floor features a large liquor department, pharmacy, traditional grocery aisles and frozen food section.

Throughout the store, there is an emphasis on organic, vegan and gluten-free foods.

Three months ago, Wisconsin Roundy’s became a subsidiary of the Kroger Co. The new Metro Market development is based on Mariano's Fresh Market in Chicago, offering the possibility of a leisurely shopping experience rather than a perfunctory task.

For those of us who remember the former Pick ’n Save or the crescent-roofed Kohl’s before that, it’s an unbelievably spacious, modern and abundant offering.

The Shorewood Metro Market opens to the public Tuesday, Feb. 16. 

Here are 11 more photos of the new space: 

1. Beer and wine

2. Sushi

3. Caramel apples

4. Flowers

5. Oysters

6. Produce

7. Starbucks

8. Meat

9. Gelato

10. Liquor

11. Trees?!

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.