Detroit’s independent grocers aim to provide a quality shopping experience for Detroit residents and are committed to providing fresh food options to their customers.


  • After visiting the much publicized "high end" Zaccaro's market, I gained new appreciation for the University Food Center. University has most of the same produce (identical organic brands) at a significantly lower price. They also have organic dairy, eggs, frozen food, and grains. The management is pretty receptive to community input, but they have so far rejected requests for premium meats and poultry. They serve a diverse community and they're taking a conservative, middle of the road approach. Anonymous
  • We love Gigante Prince Valley. The tortillas, the bakery's fresh goods, the meat selection, even the Mexican music on the P.A. Other grocery stores are closer to our house, but Gigante is worth the drive. Ken Marten & Jennifer Valdez of Detroit

Detroiters spend an estimated $1 billion on groceries each year, but are estimated to spend a third of that money in suburban stores.

Detroit’s independent markets provide the freshest produce, typically purchased and distributed from Eastern Market.

Unlike chain store counterparts, Detroit’s independent grocers have not received tax abatements or subsidies from the local or federal government.

Most of the Detroit independent grocers are serviced by Spartan Foods, a national grocery distribution company, headquartered in Michigan.

Detroit’s independent grocers employ more than 2,000 people, 61% of which live within their surrounding communities.

The average Detroit independent grocer has been serving the city of Detroit for more than 30 years.

More than 10 new supermarkets have been developed in Detroit within the last 10 years, investing a total of $26 million in new construction. 

There are more than 75 full-service supermarkets in the city of Detroit.