Cedar Springs will lose a piece of history Saturday, September 6, when Family Fare supermarket, formerly known as Great Day, shuts its doors for good.
The store originally opened in the 1960s when Meijer moved out of town. Great Day moved into the store space vacated by Meijer (where the current American Legion is on Main Street). Later the store moved to the larger location on 17 Mile. In 1999, Spartan Stores acquired Great Day, and it became a Family Fare in 2008.
For years they supported many of the organizations in the community and their fundraising efforts, including the C.S. Library summer reading carnivals, and providing the candy cups that went home with the kids at each Post Easter Egg hunt.
SpartanNash wouldn’t comment directly on why they are closing, but many people in the community say they noticed how much business dropped off at Family Fare once the new Meijer was built a few years ago.
Meredith Gremel, Director of Corporate Affairs for SpartanNash, issued this statement to the Post earlier this week:
“To remain competitive and ensure we meet the needs of all our retail, distribution, and military customers throughout the United States and abroad, we must continuously evaluate our operations. It has been our privilege to serve the Cedar Springs community since 1999, as well as support the area schools and events, like Red Flannel Days. We look forward to continuing our commitment to North Kent County through our Sparta and Rockford Stores.”
The gas station will also close. The property is currently up for sale. While there has been a rumor about another superstore buying the property there, that has not been substantiated.