(FLINT, MI, Feb. 1, 2016) – The Local Grocer, a Michigan-made specialty grocery store, will celebrate the opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m. The celebration continues on Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with a Store Warming Party featuring music, games, and an opportunity for shoppers to meet the Michigan farmers and producers that supply the store.
Both celebrations are both free and open to the public, and are an expression of The Local Grocer’s deepest gratitude to all of the individuals, businesses, and organizations that helped exceed a $30,000 Kickstarter Goal to support its expansion into the former Witherbee’s Market in just in 25 days!
The store is located at 601 Martin Luther King Avenue and features an even larger variety of products than The Local Grocer’s Flint Farmer’s Market location. The store features produce, meat, pantry and personal items as well as a Farm-to-Table Kitchen. The Kitchen serves a seasonal menu with everything made from delicious local ingredients supplied in the store. A new menu is posted daily at facebook.com/thelocalgrocer
“Our customers shop with us because they know that everything they get from The Local Grocer has been vetted for health, environmental impact, and fairness and justice. They also know that they are investing in their community’s future with every purchase. This expansion will allow us to do even more toward creating and sustaining jobs for local growers and producers,” said owner Franklin Pleasant.
The Local Grocer’s ML King Ave. store operates Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the Farm-to-Table Kitchen serves customers Monday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00.p.m. An expansion was critical to fulfilling its mission of providing the means for Flint residents and visitors to get all of what they need to live from people who live, grow and create products in Michigan.
Owners and farmers, Erin Caudell and Franklin Pleasant grow much of the all natural, all Michigan produce they sell. Keeping up with the demand for local produce year-round has meant expanding their reach to other nearby producers. All of the farmers they work with grow with organic practices, use season extension techniques and are good stewards of the land.
When sourcing other retail items The Local Grocer looks for the highest quality, made as near to Flint as possible. “Our store provides an innovative, flexible retail platform for new and established entrepreneurs, making high quality Michigan-made goods.” says Erin Caudell. Patrons will be proud to know that every dollar spent in the new location will also be an investment directly back into the local economy.