West Side market opening doors


Photo by Ehren Wynder

A neighborhood market on the city's West Side is hosting its grand opening on Wednesday.

Bridge Street Market will officially open for business at 8 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m.

The celebration will include live music and food from local vendors.

The 37,000-square-foot store in Grand Rapids, at 405 Seward Ave. NW, is anchored to a mixed-use development that is a partnership between Walker-based Meijer and Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction.

Though not named Meijer, the market falls under the Meijer portfolio and will sell the usual Meijer brands, while operating under a smaller footprint.

The local coffee business Mayan Buzz Cafe will operate a shop within the market, the Business Journal previously reported.

The mixed-used building’s adjacent three-story parking garage will have parking reserved for shoppers on the first level.

Bridge Street Market will employ about 50 team members.

Meijer did not disclose the cost to build the store.

It is the first small-market concept attempted by Meijer. The company intends to roll out another half-dozen small grocery stores, including one in downtown Detroit, according to previous Business Journal reports.

Other aspects of the mixed-use development include the 116-unit Hendrik apartment complex, class A office space — with space dedicated to the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology — and a 64-unit affordable housing complex by the Inner City Christian Federation.

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