Independents maintain strong niche in Michigan - The Packer

Independents maintain strong niche in Michigan

11/15/2012 04:32:00 PM
Jim Offner

“I think it’s growing compared to what it was, 30 or 40 years ago, when people kind of made a switch to big-box stores,” he said.

Shoppers wanted to go in that direction at that time, but they’re coming back now, because they want to support local businesses, Courts said.

Courts opened his newest store in the spring, in an old Spartan store.

There was some irony in that purchase, he said.

“Spartan bought a bunch of independents and so Spartan owns a lot of those stores,” he said.

Courts said he plans to open four or five stores around Grand Rapids, although he isn’t sure of the timeframe.

“I actually didn’t plan on getting into the second one as quick as I did, but the opportunity came up,” he said.

He said he believes the stores will succeed, as long as they follow the formula that has worked for the first two stores.

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