An early February opening is planned for the ‘Grocery Outlet & More’ discount grocery store at the former IGA location in Imlay City. photo by Tom Wearing.
January 13, 2010
IMLAY CITY — A Troy-based independent grocer on Monday said that he plans to move into the old IGA store by Feb. 1, if not sooner.
Khalid Zaitouna, owner of Grocery Outlet & More, says the discount food store will be unique to Imlay City and the surrounding area.
"We are going to be different," said Zaitouna, who owns another store in Flint. "We're going to offer a full line of produce, meats, dairy and frozen foods and namebrand items, all at discounted prices."
He said the store will carry fewer items than most major grocers, lowering both overhead and prices to customers.
"We think people are looking for bargains," he said, "and we feel we can fill that need in the community. That's our number one goal."
Zaitouna said repairs to the store's refrigeration system set back his earlier plans for a mid-January opening.
"We had some issues, so it's taking a little longer than we thought to open," he said.
He noted that Grocery Outlet & More is currently taking applications for 10-15 employees to begin operations.
Applicants can either stop by the store at 2028 S. Van Dyke, or email resumes to the address on the side of the building.
"We've started taking applications," said Zaitouna. "About 90 percent of our staff will be from Imlay City and the local community. We want to have a good relationship with the community and establish a trust with our customers."
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.