Rivertown Market, the new neighborhood market by Meijer and one of the few grocery stores in downtown Detroit, is slated to open Wednesday, October 6 in the city’s East Jefferson Corridor.
The market is focused on bringing a mix of local, fresh food and value to customers in the region. “I grew up in this town and am very proud to be back with a great team in place to ensure Rivertown Market provides a unique shopping experience to customers in the city of Detroit,” said Store Director Marcus Reliford, who joined Meijer in September 2020 with 15 years of retail experience. “We are excited to open our doors, be a good neighbor and work every day to have the best products on our shelves.”
The 42,000-square-foot market will feature a vast assortment of fresh and prepared foods, including bakery items, fresh meat and deli offerings; and Meijer and national brand products at low prices; and an estimated 2,000 local, artisan items, including Pizzaman Pizza, Washington G.L.A.M Body Scrubs, MexiBake Bakery, Crystal Eikcaj Skincare and Crown of a Woman. It will boast a Great Lakes Coffee that specializes in nitro brews and low/medium roasts, and an extensive beer, wine and liquor counter.
Rivertown Market will feature open-air elements, a design inspired by local culture in the city’s East Jefferson Corridor, and three garage-style doors that open to an outdoor fresh produce and floral area in warmer months. Additionally, local artists Desiree Kelly and Cameron Jenkins both painted their own murals full of vibrant colors on both the Jefferson (Kelly) and Larned (Jenkins) sides of the market.
Rivertown Market will also feature:
- A flower shop, featuring local Avanti Greeting Cards
- Expansive 4,700-square-foot produce department complete with a 52-foot wet wall
- Fresh and prepared foods, including bakery items, fresh meat and deli offerings
- An expansive alcohol assortment, featuring a 24-foot wide by 14-foot tall liquor wall with rolling ladder
- Basic cleaning items and health and beauty care products from local, black women-owned businesses
- 23-foot ceilings with open air elements and a pedestrian-friendly design
Meijer also announced that Detroit native Marcus Reliford will lead Rivertown Market.
“I grew up on the west side of Detroit as a kid, and came back recently to help give back and contribute to my community and city,” said Reliford, who lives three blocks from the retailer’s fourth small format store. “This is our first store in downtown Detroit. There’s no one who wanted this job more than me. It feels good to be home.”
Reliford joined Meijer in September 2020 with 15 years of retail experience under his belt, working his way up from various hourly roles to store manager at retailers in Georgia and Michigan. Reliford will lead Rivertown Market for Meijer, which will focus on offering customers a unique grocery shopping experience similar to the retailer’s three other small format stores: Bridge Street Market in Grand Rapids, Woodward Corner Market in Royal Oak, and Capital City Market in Lansing.
At 42,000 square feet, Rivertown Market will feature a vast assortment of fresh food; artisan groceries; and Meijer and national brand products at low prices. Reliford previously set a goal of 2,000 local products to feature on the market’s shelves and is pleased to have received more than1,000 item submissions so far for consideration.