grocery stores http://michiganradio.org en ‘We won!’ – Spartan Stores turned SpartanNash keeps HQ in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/we-won-spartan-stores-turned-spartannash-keeps-hq-michigan <p>You know Spartan Stores – Family Fair, D &amp; W, VG’s – they’re known by different names.</p><p>This week the grocery store chain merged with Minneapolis-based grocery distributor Nash Finch. It’s a lot bigger than Spartan. It’s the largest food supplier to stores on military bases.</p><p>The new company, now known as SpartanNash,&nbsp;is worth more than $7 billion.</p><p>Birgit Klohs is President and CEO of The Right Place. The economic development group worked with the state to offer almost $2.75 million in grant money to keep the headquarters in Michigan.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:12:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15364 at http://michiganradio.org ‘We won!’ – Spartan Stores turned SpartanNash keeps HQ in Michigan Big box store could threaten last black-owned grocery store in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/big-box-store-could-threaten-last-black-owned-grocery-store-detroit <p>A big box retailer could move in and compete with the last black-owned grocery store in Detroit, according to a piece by Louis Aguilar in today&#39;s <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120409/BIZ/204090326/Plans-may-threaten-last-black-owned-grocery-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The owner of <a href="http://www.metrofoodland.com/index.php">Metro Foodland</a> in northwest Detroit says he may soon face the biggest threat in his 27 years as a grocery owner. A Meijer store with a grocery, garden center and gas station is planned a mile and a half away.</p><p>&quot;I have concerns that it could kill our business,&quot; Hooks said.</p><p>There are 83 full-line grocers in Detroit, and Metro Foodland is the last black-owned grocery in the city, said Auday Peter Arabo, president of the Associate Food and Petroleum Dealers, which represents 4,000 retailers in Michigan and Ohio.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Turning a profit is tricky for independent grocers. Aquilar reports &quot;independent grocers have an average net profit margin of 1.08 percent before taxes, according to a 2011 survey by the National Grocers Association and FMS Solutions.&quot;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Competition from a chain like Meijer could crimp those profits further.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">It could be a couple of years before the new Meijer store in northwest Detroit becomes a reality. The News reports that Detroit Public Schools owns property where the store would be built, but the district said late last year it plans to sell.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><blockquote><p>&quot;We are definitely interested in that site, no doubt about it, but at this point it&#39;s a developer-driven project,&quot; said Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi when asked about a store timeline.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><br />&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:42:05 +0000 Mark Brush 6959 at http://michiganradio.org Big box store could threaten last black-owned grocery store in Detroit Stores in Michigan no longer need individual price tags as of today http://michiganradio.org/post/stores-michigan-no-longer-need-individual-price-tags-today <p>Governor Snyder called for it last January during his first <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-state">State of the State</a> address, the law <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/item-pricing-repeal-and-emergency-manager-bills-clear-legislature">passed the legislature</a>, and now it&#39;s in effect.</p><p>Individual price tags on each item are no longer in Michigan stores as of today.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>For the first time in decades, price tags no longer are required on most retail items in Michigan stores.</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 18:10:10 +0000 Mark Brush 3996 at http://michiganradio.org Stores in Michigan no longer need individual price tags as of today Trying to improve Detroit's grocery stores http://michiganradio.org/post/trying-improve-detroits-grocery-stores <p>All this year, Michigan Radio has been taking a weekly look at things that are working to improve the state. Today: we take a look at food and Detroit. The city has been called a &ldquo;food desert,&rdquo; because of its lack of grocery stores. One group has been trying to change that. Sarah Fleming is the program manager of the Green Grocer Project. It was launched a year ago by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and we asked her how it&#39;s going. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:40:17 +0000 What's Working 2200 at http://michiganradio.org Trying to improve Detroit's grocery stores Michigan grocery stores can now give free samples of wine and beer http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-grocery-stores-can-now-give-free-samples-wine-and-beer <p>Free wine and beer samples may soon be regular features at Michigan grocery stores. A <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28jgzf5oymu3m55wzt4uqmuqih%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=mcl-436-2027&amp;query=on&amp;highlight=sample">law</a> passed last November allows businesses already licensed to sell wine and beer for take-out to apply for an additional license to distribute free samples. This includes supermarkets and party stores.</p> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2191 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan grocery stores can now give free samples of wine and beer Meijer offers to ships items anywhere in the world http://michiganradio.org/post/meijer-offers-ships-items-anywhere-world <p>Michigan-based retail giant <a href="http://www.meijer.com">Meijer </a>says it will now ship any of the items from its stores to any place in the world. Before now, customers could only get bulk items shipped to their homes.</p><p>Frank Guglielmi is a Meijer spokesman.</p><blockquote><p>“There’s the customers who are familiar and predisposed towards Meijer who perhaps lived in the Midwest or Grand Rapids and have moved to other destinations and then there’s providing a good offering online for groceries for any consumer out there.”</p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:58:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1097 at http://michiganradio.org Meijer offers to ships items anywhere in the world