Round Lake Produce & Distributing is bringing their fresh cut fruits and vegetables to Clark Corners shopping mall in DeWitt.
Round Lake Produce was started over 40 years ago and sells its products to roughly 100 independent grocery stores all over Michigan as well as Indiana and Ohio.
“We bring in whole produce and cut it up into ready to eat containers that you buy at the grocery stores that are like the fruit trays and the snack vegetables,” said Tracy Randall, the CEO of Round Lake Produce.
After a fire destroyed their Laingsburg facility last summer they were faced with the choice to rebuild or relocate.
“We decided to move to Clark Corners in DeWitt mostly just for timing,” Randall said. “To rebuild would take us a couple years and we’d lose all of our customers.”
Originally, Round Lake Produce was planning on using the old Kmart off Old U.S. 27 in St. Johns as their new home, but after issues with the building, they decided to move to Clark Corners.
In a Lansing State Journal article this past August, Dru Mitchell, the president and CEO of the Clinton County Economic Alliance, was pleased that Round Lake Produce was able to stay in the county.
“I think it’s admirable,” Mitchell said. “They’ve had tremendous support from their employees and customer base. The fact that we can retain 30 jobs is tremendous for us.”
A new feature that will be added to the business is a farmers market where customers can purchase their cut up products and whole produce.
“We’re hoping to have a soft opening in a couple weeks and then a grand opening in March,” said Randall.
DeWitt resident Kimberly Guerrazzi heard about the new location from the township’s Facebook page and is excited for them to move into the area.
“I am a huge supporter of shopping and buying from local small business owners. I feel buying local is important to our community,” said Guerrazzi. “I love buying fresh fruits and vegetables, especially from farmers markets.”