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Market expands into vacant downtown space

December 9, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Grand Central Market and Deli
Grand Central Market and Deli occupies two retail spaces on Monroe Center Street NW in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Grand Central Market and Deli

A market has filled a prime retail location downtown.

Grand Central Market and Deli, at 57 Monroe Center St. NW, said today it expanded into the adjoining suite in its building, formerly the home of West Coast Coffee.

The renovated space opened earlier this month and added 2,200 square feet to the operation’s existing 3,200-square-foot space.

The cost of the expansion and renovation was not disclosed. 

Both spaces are owned and managed by Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction.

Grand Central's growth

The extra space is used to house a larger kitchen, new dining area and provide extra space for the market’s growing inventory of fresh produce, dairy, pantry items, wines, beer and more.

The new kitchen also allows the deli to expand to offer a full breakfast menu and a more robust lunch menu.

The expansion was necessary to meet increased demand, according to Tom Powell, who bought the business in 2010 with his wife, Cheryl Powell, and daughter, Christina Meuser.

“We’ve definitely noticed an increase in foot traffic as new residential buildings have opened downtown,” Tom Powell said. “New neighbors, along with big events like ArtPrize have created more demand, and we are thrilled to be able to grow and meet it.”

Firms on the project

Financing for the project was provided by First Community Bank.

T & S Concepts, Monroe Electric and Rapid Fire Protection worked on the project.

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