Goodrich's Shop-Rite is closing and businesses are concerned

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By Jalen A. Dann
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The closing of Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in East Lansing, has begun to leave surrounding businesses and customers concerned whether a new apartment complex will be a negative or positive addition to the Trowbridge Plaza.

Opened in 1937, the specialty grocery store has not signed a new lease and will soon be replaced by a new grocer and apartment complex.

CYMERA_20140429_131517The store has been in the Trowbridge Plaza located on the corner of Harrison and Trowbridge roads for 47 years.

“It’s going to be weird not having it around,” said Tim Horton Shift Supervisor David Covert. “It has been around my entire life.”

Covert said new apartments could open up a lot of extra business for the Tim Horton’s located in the plaza.

CYMERA_20140429_131638Although businesses could benefit from the new apartment complex, the abundance of new customers is one of the results that could come from the closing.

“I am going to miss the convenience of the store being located in the plaza,” said East Lansing resident Kelsea Haidamous.

Haidamous said she has been shopping at Goodrich’s for three years and is a huge fan of the store’s deli.

In addition to the deli, Goodrich’s offers specialty items that could be otherwise hard to find such as Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. This could cause regular customers to migrate to other grocers like Meijer and Kroger.

“I’m sad to see the store go,” said Woody’s Oasis Office Manager Rita Hourani, “It was a staple to the community.”

Hourani said the store is in need of a renovation but shouldn’t be closed. She has been shopping at the store since 2006.

She added that she will probably be one of the regular Goodrich customers that will start going to the Meijer grocery store.

The 67-year-old Goodrich’s Shop-Rite will close in August.

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