|Grocery Store Set to Open on Monroe Center|
Grand Rapids will finally have a full-service grocery store downtown when Grand Central Market celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, December 5. The eclectic urban market, founded by partners Andy Armstrong, Jason Wheeler and Ryan Wheeler will focus on bringing high-quality and healthy products to residents and employees of the downtown area.
“We are, in fact, carrying some very unique products to this area that will be featured as samples at the Grand Opening,” said Jason Wheeler. The product line is set to include a wide variety of organic produce and dairy products, natural meats, as well as earth-friendly home and beauty accessories.
Working for and with Rockford construction, the trio saw potential in the Monroe center area, and after intensive market research, decided to become part of the area’s revitalization. “We felt a great piece to the puzzle was a location for these folks to get their groceries and household items without having to hop in their vehicle, lose a valued parking space, and be forced to travel to the often-crowded stores on the outskirts of town,” Wheeler said.
The market intends to have a focus on the community by offering grocery delivery to customers close by in the Peck Building, Front Row Condominiums and the Riverview Condominiums in the Select Bank building. The store also plans to promote their high-end wines through tastings at private residences in the area complete with a team of wine specialists, and free of charge.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Monday, and the celebration will continue through the lunch hour with a live performance by old-time string band Hawks & Owls. Specials during the first week will include “several high-end wine markdowns for the holidays, lunch specials and we are giving canvas re-useable grocery bags away to the residents of the surrounding area to make it easier on grocery transportation,” Wheeler said.
Grand Central Market is located at 57 Monroe Center, just down the block from Jimmy John’s.
Photos from the Grand Opening (12/05/05):
Grand Central owners Jason Wheeler, Ryan Wheeler and Andy Armstrong cut the ceremonial ribbon with help from former Mayor John Logie.
General manager Aimee Buchler helps a customer make a purchase.
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