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Region’s third known Amazon Fresh grocery store coming to Troy

The region’s third Amazon Fresh grocery store concept is believed to be under construction in Troy. Permits and site plans obtained from the city through a Freedom of Information Act request show a layout and design similar to other Amazon Fresh stores around the country, including locations Crain’s previously first reported in the spring in Shelby […]

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Meijer wants abandoned Kmart site in Orion Township

Meijer has its eyes on an abandoned Kmart in an Orion Township shopping center as a future location for a Meijer store. The former Big K at 1025 S. Lapeer Road in the Lake Orion Plaza would be demolished and replaced by the nearly 90,000-square-foot Meijer store, which would be slightly bigger than the Big K and […]

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Is this empty Hall Road storefront the site of Amazon Fresh’s first Michigan location?

The proposed remodeling of the former Gander Outdoors store in Shelby Township could be a harbinger of a new grocery option making its way across the country: Amazon Fresh. A site plan I obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request to Shelby Township shows a new exterior to the building at 13975 Hall Road […]

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Plans come together for Port Huron’s first downtown grocery store in 50 years

Plans come together for Port Huron’s first downtown grocery store in 50 years

If you had told Steve Fernandez and Michele Jones in 2012 that they were going to retire to Port Huron, then spend most of their retirement savings on becoming grocers, they’d have thought you’d been eating funny mushrooms. In 2012, he was working in Alaska as the Anchorage terminal manager for Koch Industries. Michele, his […]

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City commission approves proposal requiring special use permit for small box discount stores

City commission approves proposal requiring special use permit for small box discount stores

Small-box discount stores — such as Dollar General — may eventually have to obtain special-use permits to open in Toledo under a proposal passed recently by the Toledo City Plan Commission. The proposal, applicable only to new stores coming in, not existing businesses, would affect discount stores with a floor area between 5,000 and 15,000 square […]

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Kroger and online grocery firm to build $95M fulfillment center in Romulus

Kroger and online grocery firm to build $95M fulfillment center in Romulus

The Kroger Co. and grocery ecommerce firm Ocado Solutions will build a $95 million customer fulfillment center to Romulus. The 135,000-square-foot facility at 15675 Wahrman will create 250 jobs, officials said Monday. The companies had previously announced plans to build a center in the Great Lakes Region. “Kroger is incredibly excited to develop one of our industry-leading customer […]

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Certain businesses faring well during pandemic

Certain businesses faring well during pandemic

Joe Sofo wasn’t sure what to expect from a business standpoint when the coronavirus pandemic hit hard over a month ago, but the results have been pleasantly surprising. Sofo Foods, which supplies ingredients to restaurants and fast food joints and operates a retail store on Monroe Street, is one of the local businesses faring well […]

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Michigan’s online grocery sector surges amid coronavirus pandemic

Michigan’s online grocery sector surges amid coronavirus pandemic

Until very recently, Michiganders, like most Americans, were slow to embrace online grocery shopping. In 2019, only about 3 percent of U.S. sales took place online, according to a study of more than 8,000 grocery shoppers. In Europe and South Korea, that number was closer to 15 percent. Two main factors contribute to this lag, […]

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Vester Square development would create shopping, dining, park campus in Ferndale

Vester Square development would create shopping, dining, park campus in Ferndale

East of downtown Ferndale, a cluster of businesses and parking lots could start to slowly morph into a multifaceted dining and shopping campus. Vester Square — a three-phase redevelopment project estimated to cost $20 million-$25 million— is making its way through Ferndale government approvals, according to city officials and a lead developer, Christian Fuller of […]

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Kroger to build marketplace on site of former Kmart in Sterling Heights

Kroger to build marketplace on site of former Kmart in Sterling Heights

A Kroger Marketplace store is set to set up shop at the site of a now-closed Kmart building in Sterling Heights. There are a few permit and utility pieces that are still in motion, but demolition is ready to begin sometime this week, Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager at Kroger, said in an email. The […]

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