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Coffee company and grocer partnering on in-store location

September 29, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Rowster’s coffee shop is located in Grand Rapids’ Wealthy Street neighborhood. Photo via

A grocer is planning to feature a local coffee company in its new store in the area.

Grand Rapids-based Kingma’s Market said yesterday it has partnered with Grand Rapids-based Rowster Coffee to serve coffee at its planned store in the new Ada Village, at the corner of Fulton Street and Ada Drive SE.

Construction on the market will begin with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 25, and it is scheduled to open next fall.

The partnership between Kingma’s and Rowster will feature baristas and locally roasted coffee in an in-store café.

“Rowster, with their distinct local flavor, has a tremendous following and will be a great fit for the Ada community,” said Alan Hartline, owner, Kingma’s Market.

Ada Village Kingma’s

Kingma’s announced its plans for the Ada Village store, its second location, this summer.

The store will feature a butcher shop, a large cheese, beer and wine selection and a fresh seafood counter with an oyster and sushi bar.

The location is expected to employ 35-40 people.


Kingma’s has operated in Grand Rapids for more than 80 years.

Hartline purchased the company from the Kingma family in 2014, following a lengthy retail career.

Kingma’s Market was originally in the Boston Square area of Grand Rapids, prior to its current location at 2225 Plainfield Ave. NE.


Rowster Coffee opened its original location, at 532 Wealthy St. SE, in 2010.

The business roasts coffee at the location and features a coffee bar.

Rowster is a partner in That Early Bird in Grand Rapids, at 1445 Lake Dr. SE. The café and breakfast restaurant replaced the longtime Eastown café Kava House.

Rowster is also planning a second stand-alone location called The Rower’s Club in Grand Rapids, at 616 Fulton St. W, which is expected to open this fall as part of Rockford Construction’s Fulton Place development.

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