New grocery store proposed for downtown Grand Rapids

Posted at 12:45 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 12:46:34-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new grocery store is in  the process of being developed in downtown Grand Rapids.

Shark Market is a product of Jeff Vandeberg, who currently co-owns two other downtown businesses: Pyramid Scheme and Meanwhile Bar. The market is planned for 38 Commerce SW.

Vandeberg and his partners will seek permission to begin construction and also sell alcohol at Shark Market during a planning commission meeting on May 12. The application says that the proposed store will be a full-service neighborhood grocery with Michigan craft beer and wine. The application also says that they plan to be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily.

Shark Market expects to compete with Lucky’s, which is a block away at 24 S. Division Ave. , the Downtown Market at 436 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Central Market  at 57 Monroe Center NW. and Z’s Party Store located at 168 Louis Campau.

The plans are to appeal to the younger night-life crowd and the late-night worker, with the additional intention to cater to the 2,000 housing units in development and new businesses based in the downtown area.