'Micro-grocery store' opens in hospital
A small grocery store has opened inside a hospital in the region.
Bronson Methodist Hospital opened a “micro-grocery store” last week on its south campus in downtown Kalamazoo, at 601 John St.
The store is on the first floor of the medical office pavilion and shares space with Bronson’s outpatient pharmacy.
Open to the public, the store carries a variety of fresh, locally produced foods, such as meat, cheese, bread, fruit and vegetables.
“Bronson Market is designed to make it easier and more convenient to buy fresh, healthy food to eat now or take home and prepare,” said Grant Fletcher, director of healthy living and sustainability, Bronson Healthcare.
“It’s just one way we’re working to improve work-life balance, offer healthy food options and support local businesses.”
Bronson cited a 2016 study from the American Nursing Association that reported 56 percent of nurses across the country have access to healthy foods at work.
A recent research study published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research called downtown Kalamazoo a “food desert” due to the lack of a full-service grocery store in the area near Bronson Methodist Hospital.
The store’s hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Free parking is available in the adjacent Vine Street parking ramp.