In its first year, Bridge Street Market on the West Side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, expanded its assortment of locally made or sourced products by 33 percent. The neighborhood grocery store, which is owned by Meijer, now carries more than 5,000 local products, Store Manager Ken Bair said.
“Bridge Street Market was new territory for us but has proven to be a successful way to serve our community,” Bair said. “From the onset, the team embraced the West Side’s heritage and listened to our customers to ensure we had the best products on our shelves. It’s been a great year.”
Bridge Street Market opened on Aug. 29, 2018, to much fanfare after more than a year of planning and construction. The market’s focus is on providing fresh, convenient groceries at a value.
Meijer listed key product successes for the year:
- 130 ft. of vegan products
- Average 220 organic produce items each week
- Sold more sushi than any Meijer store across the Midwest
Bridge Street Market also recently partnered with Grand Rapids-based Public Thread to manufacture vinyl tote bags made from recycled Meijer billboards. Each billboard makes roughly 90 bags; quantities are limited.
Bridge Street Market is celebrating its one-year anniversary from Aug. 29-Sept. 1 with a variety of in-store activities, including more than 45 local vendor demos, live screen printing with the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, fall foods with Steepletown’s Kitchen Sage, a farm stand benefitting The Other Way Ministries, cupcake decorating with Cookies and Cupcakes by Design, a photobooth and face painting.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of Bridge Street Market this first year,” said Justin Stricklen, director of market format stores for Meijer. “We look forward to continuing to work with our customers to ensure we have the best to offer them.”