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Partners plan 'micro-grocery store'

January 2, 2019
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The co-owners of the Market on Michigan Ave: Zach King, left, Jess Marunde and Josh Marunde. Courtesy Market on Michigan Ave

Three business partners are planning to open an urban grocery store in the region.

Zach King and the husband-and-wife team Jess Marunde and Josh Marunde plan to open Market on Michigan Ave, or MoMA, on March 1 at 119-121 E. Michigan Ave. in the Metropolitan Center development in downtown Kalamazoo.

Zach King also owns Mill’s Grocery in Union, and the Marundes own Kalamazoo Strength and Conditioning - CrossFit 269.

King said he met Josh Marunde in third grade, and they have been best friends ever since.

“We’ve had a long-time dream of working together, being friends for so long,” King said. “We’ve always bounced ideas off each other.”

After living in east Tennessee and New York and traveling to major cities all over the world, the Marundes moved to downtown Kalamazoo a few years ago. They said one of the things they missed the most about urban living was having a grocery store within walking distance — thus, the idea for MoMA was born.

The market will offer fresh produce, dry goods, a deli, beer and wine and basic home goods.

The co-owners plan to source local and sustainably farmed produce and meats “whenever possible.”

Portage-based Mavcon renovated the mixed-used Metropolitan Center development in 2012. The project included converting four 140-year-old buildings into 24 apartments with commercial space on the ground floor.

Mavcon’s sister company, Portage-based Mavcon Properties, owns and manages the development.

MoMA will join other major tenants in the block, including PNC and Subway.

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