Indies thriving in metro Detroit - The Packer

Indies thriving in metro Detroit

11/18/2011 10:09:00 AM
David Mitchell

“Wal-Mart and Costco have come in to the area, but people are pretty loyal to the local chains,” said Steve Davis, president, S.B. Davis Co., Grand Rapids.

“That helps Meijer and Spartan, not to say the national chains aren’t doing business because they are, but people here are really more concerned about supporting local business.”

Like the Detroit distributors, Heeren Bros. Inc., Grand Rapids, focuses much of its efforts on serving independent retailers, though not exactly the same type of stores.

“We don’t have the big independent food markets like Detroit,” president Jim Heeren said. “We work with small-town stores in places like Houghton Lake that only have one or two stores.”


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Jerry    
Canton  |  November, 21, 2011 at 07:40 PM

This article talks about Spartan stores in the context of a chain, however Spartan also is a distributor and supporter to over 300 independent grocers in the state of Michigan. The independent stores are an intricate part of doing business for Spartan and are partners more so than competitors such as with Meijer and the other national chains.

Tony Liggett    
Hamtramck  |  December, 08, 2011 at 08:57 AM

Nice article, but it failed to highlight what I consider local grocers: the mom and pop stores that dot our neighborhoods. Kim's on Woodward in Detroit and Al Haramain, Fresh Valley and Polish Market in Hamtramck. All of these stores have a nice selection of fresh Eastern Market produce along with local and ethnic favorites.

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