Partners plan ‘neighborhood’ grocery store downtown


Bread is one of the food staples that a group of partners plans to sell at a "neighborhood" grocery store they've proposed for downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

A grocery store may be coming downtown.

An application has been filed with the city of Grand Rapids for the “approval to sell wine and beer for off-site consumption in association with a new neighborhood grocery store” in a 3,892-square-foot space at 38 Commerce Ave. SW.

The city planning commission will hold a public hearing on May 12.

The application was filed by Jeff Vanden Berg and his partners with the organization name of Shark Market, LLC.

The market would offer “grocery staples, a large selection of Michigan craft beer and a world-class wine selection,” according to the application.

Foods such as bread, eggs, rice, pasta, soups, frozen foods and household necessities would be provided by a distributor.

No exterior renovations would be made, and the interior is in ”near white-box condition.”

All interior renovations would be done by Lott3Metz Architecture in Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction.

The company expects to hire six to eight people in the first year, including a general manager, sommelier and part-time clerks. 

Facebook Comments