December 16, 2009 IMLAY CITY — Cash-strapped food shoppers will soon have another option for purchasing their groceries.
Grocery Outlet & More will open to customers in the former IGA store located in the shopping plaza at the southwest corner of M-53 (Van Dyke) and Newark Rd.
Phil Cody, leasing agent for Grocery Outlet & More, said the discount grocery should be open by mid- to late-January. A grand opening ceremony will be scheduled at a future date.
Cody said Grocery Outlet & More owner Kenny Zaitouna of Southfield currently operates a grocery in Flint and has plans to open more stores in the region.
"The store will offer produce, meats, canned goods and other items common to grocery stores," said Cody. "In this economic climate, there is a need for options and competitive pricing.
"People need to stretch the dollar these days," he said. "I think the store will go over very well in this community. Shoppers should always have options."
Cody said that once open, he invites local residents to stop in and compare prices and service with others.
"I think we're in a depression, not a recession," Cody said. "A lot of jobs have disappeared and they are not coming back.
"It's the discount stores that are doing well," he said. "People are looking for value and are watching where their money is spent. We feel this store will help fill a need in the community."
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.