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Trenton, Grosse Ile Not Good Fit for Michigan-Based Gourmet Grocery Chain

Trenton and Grosse Ile do not meet specific criteria to land a popular Michigan-based gourmet grocery chain.

Check one more gourmet grocery chain off the short list of possibilities for Trenton and Grosse Ile.

Justin Hiller, vice president of Hiller's Market, said neither Trenton nor Grosse Ile meet specific criteria used to decide if a location is right for the Michigan-based gourmet grocery chain.

"Our customer base should be densely populated, average income is typically in the 80-125K per year, age is typically 44+, but we are trying to change that currently to target millennial's (ages 25-32)," Hiller said in an email to Patch.

Trenton does not meet any of the Hiller's requirements, but Grosse Ile was close. While the island meets the average income and average age requirements, but with a population of about 11,000 Grosse Ile is not densely populated.

Hiller's has locations throughout Michigan including stores in Ann Arbor, Berkley, Commerce Township, Northville, Plymouth, Union Lake and West Bloomfield.

So far, Patch has reached out to all potential gourmet grocery chains suggested by readers, including one selected by Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack. Can you think of any other gourmet grocery chians you like to see in Trenton or on Grosse Ile?

bmurdock December 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
http://www.earthfare.com/ Earth Fare the healthy supermarket, is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the nation. We make healthy eating convenient, affordable and fun. From their website... They do not have a store in Michigan at all, Ohio is the closest... Other what about Busch's or a VG's .... Would love to see some kind of store there... .
Sarah Altgelt December 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM
This is so frustrating and extremely disappointing. Do they have any idea just how many people Downriver are longing for a grocery store/market that offers a wide variety of healthy food?!? People from ALL OVER Downriver would travel here just to have the opportunity to shop there.
Patti Radakovich December 03, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Has anyone contacted Whole Foods?
Nate Stemen (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 12:53 AM
@Patti Radakovich: Check out this article we ran last week on Whole Foods. http://trenton-grosseile.patch.com/articles/is-whole-foods-coming-to-trenton-woodhaven-or-grosse-ile
Lu December 04, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Would love to see Hiller's in our area. Folks they are Unionized and treat their employees well. Excellent environment to shop in, a wonderful selection of food and wines. Up scale stores. I have been a fan for years. My only regret is that we don't have one.
Dolores Sczytko December 05, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Busch's Fresh Food Market also local
michelle January 06, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Wow, we are not good enough for a grocery store. That is unbelievable.
Gloria May 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I find it interesting that WF has a store opening in Detroit. Not sure of the store address, but the fact that there are MULTIPLE cities that would shop at a WF location in the downriver area makes no sense to not build one here. Ok, so we don't all make 100k+ a year. I imagine the Detroit location is either in an upscale area or an easy accessible to folks working in the area spot???!!! Just wish someone would grab a chunk of Trenton property so we could have a grocery store!!!!!

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