First look: Meijer’s new Rivertown Market in Detroit opens WednesdayOctober 4, 2021
Oct. 1, 2021
Store manager and Detroit resident Marcus Reliford set a goal of including 2,000 local products to the Rivertown Market’s inventory, inlcuding Highland Park’s Pizzaman Pizza, Hamtramck-based chocolatier Bon Bon Bon and MexiBake Bakery in Detroit.
“We want to help local businesses succeed,” Reliford said in an interview with Crain’s earlier this year. “We want to showcase all Detroit has to offer and believe Rivertown Market is the place to do it.”
The $16 million project developed by Dennis Archer Jr. was completed after beginning work last year following approval of about $1.56 million in brownfield financing that can be captured over 14 years plus $689,000 in grants.
The market was announced four years ago and had been in discussions for three or four years prior to that. It was originally envisioned to include 213 apartments but the residential component was scrapped due to construction costs.