Grocer opens suburban location


Photo by Ehren Wynder

A grocer has opened a new location in a Grand Rapids suburb.

Kingma’s Market celebrated Monday the grand opening of its Ada Village location, at 444 Ada Dr. SE.

Construction on the 14,000-square-foot building began in October 2016.

Owner and former SpartanNash executive Alan Hartline wanted to bring Kingma’s Market to Ada after realizing that there was a market for what his grocery store provides.

“Kingma’s is what today’s customers are looking for,” Hartline said. “People talk about buying local. Well, we’re hyper local. We get most of our produce from a farm just three miles away.”

Kingma’s “hyper-local” flare also include products sourced from West Michigan companies. The store will carry coffee from Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters and Schuil Coffee, both located in Grand Rapids.

It will also have a selection of more than 300 specialty, craft, imported and Michigan craft beers and more than 750 wines, including what it believes is the area’s largest Michigan-made wine selection.

Kingma’s market also partnered with Grand Rapids-based Rowster Coffee. The coffee company will have an in-store café where customers can order drinks and purchase Rowster coffee products.

“Alan’s created a great experience with Kingma’s Market,” said Stephen Curtis, VP, Rowster Coffee.

Kingma’s also entered an agreement with Grand Rapids’ Fish Lads, which offers more than 100 varieties of fresh, smoked, frozen and prepared seafood, and Carvers, which will provide fresh, locally sourced meats.

The new location is expected to bring 35 to 40 new jobs to Ada Village and was part of the first phase of construction to redevelop Ada Village.

Hartline purchased the original Kingma’s Market, located at 2225 Plainfield Ave. in Grand Rapids, from the Kingma family in 2014.

The market has since expanded its produce selection, introduced seafood, increased local and Michigan brand offerings and regularly features food and beverage demos.

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