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.