Family owners close Grand Central Market and Deli

Grand Central Market and Deli sold gourmet groceries, deli and lunch entrées. Courtesy

The family that owns Grand Central Market and Deli in downtown Grand Rapids is closing up shop permanently.

Tom Powell, Cheryl Powell and Christina Meuser, Cheryl Powell’s daughter, said in a Facebook post on Monday that they will not be reopening their store, which sold gourmet groceries, deli and lunch entrées from its location at 57 Monroe Center NW in downtown Grand Rapids.

The store had been closed down since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order on March 23.

“We planned on reopening today, June 1, and were ready to put new protective systems in place,” the owners said. “At this time, we are unable to do so. The universe has bigger plans with the space that Grand Central Market currently occupies. With heavy hearts and sadness, this is resulting in us permanently closing our doors.

“… This is not an ideal time for any business, especially small ones. So, thank you for being a part of ours until the very bittersweet, unexpected end. We love our staff, customers, downtown neighbors, vendors and suppliers so much and consider all of you an extension of our family. We wish all of you the best health, happiness and success.”

The co-owners did not immediately respond to the Business Journal’s request for comment.

“The only things we ask of you (are) to continue to support your local small business community as much as possible, continue to stay safe and healthy, be kind to one another, spread love everywhere you go, don’t be a stranger if you see us out and about and remember to always wash your hands,” they said in the Facebook post.

Grand Central Market and Deli opened in 2005, and the Powell family acquired it in 2010.

In addition to its retail sales, the shop also offered catering and dine-in.

The family said they are planning to host a goodbye party for the market at a yet-to-be-determined date.

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