Readers rank top 10 stories of 2016


    A Shipt shopper fills a grocery order for a home delivery customer. Courtesy Meijer

    The most-read story of 2016 is about a retailer and a developer bringing a “crucial service” downtown.

    Looking at the numbers, the No. 1 story at in 2016 contains several key ingredients for a popular news story: food, real estate and downtown.

    The rest of the top 10 looks similar — each story, with one exception, contains at least one or more of the key ingredients found in the No. 1 story.

    Top 10 stories at

    1.   Developer and Meijer plan downtown grocery store

    2.   Grand Action considers stadium, hotel and DeVos Place expansion

    3.   Mall begins 'de-malling' process

    4.   Downtown doughnut shop says closure due to homeless 'problem'

    5.   Long-time grocer maps second location

    6.   Grand Rapids ranks as No. 5 'most-hipster' market in US

    7.   Restaurant company partners on downtown entertainment venue

    8.   Insurance division acquires agency

    9.   Chef closes long-time restaurant for re-launch

    10. Brewery opens taproom Up North

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