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Grocery delivery company expanding Up North

February 1, 2017
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Grand Rapids-based Doorganics delivers local and organic food to customers. Courtesy Doorganics

A local grocery delivery company is expanding Up North.

Mike Hughes, the owner and founder of Grand Rapids-based Doorganics, said yesterday deliveries to Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula and Suttons Bay will begin on Feb. 15.

Hughes also said the organic company is looking to expand to Glen Arbor and the rest of the Leelanau Peninsula in the spring or summer.

Doorganics is partnering with Cherry Capital Foods to source local produce, protein and groceries in northern Michigan.

The two companies have worked together since 2013.

Other northern Michigan partners include Hampel Farm, Omena Organics, The Redheads, Duerksen Turkey Farm, Double L Farm, Naturally Nutty and more.

Initial northern Michigan deliveries will be packed and delivered from the Doorganics location in Grand Rapids, though the company said a Traverse City facility would be possible in the future if demand grows.

"We're thrilled to welcome Doorganics to Traverse City,” said Stephanie Pierce, sales manager, Cherry Capital Foods.

She said Doorganics brings a “unique new service to the community."

Hughes said the Traverse City region is special to him, because he has a long family history there: his great-grandparents were cherry farmers on Old Mission Peninsula; another great-grandfather owned a grocery store in Greilickville; and a grandmother currently lives walking distance to East Bay Park.

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