Boyne City Grain Train to open this fall
Grain Train (COURTESY IMAGE / July 19, 2013)
The new market will open in the 1,550 square foot storefront in the Waters Building at 104 South Park Street in Boyne City. It will be one-quarter the size of the Petoskey store.
"We are very excited to make this announcement," said Robert Struthers, general manager of the Grain Train stores. "We are well positioned at this time to open a second store and there is a clear need in Boyne for more organic foods and products. Opening a second store is also in line with our mission to provide greater access to healthy food choices in northern Michigan and to bring our successful cooperative business into other parts of the region. Opening it in Boyne City, where we have an amazing amount of support from the community, is icing on the cake."
The company has announced it hopes to create six to seven new jobs when the store opens in October, with strong potential for more as the business grows.
It is expected that the store will be managed by Boyne City resident Jack Laurent, who has held a management position with the Grain Train for several years, according to the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.
The cooperative will not take on any additional debt through the expansion, with enough funds to cover the process of opening the new store and, according to an announcement on the company's website, prices at the existing location will not increase to fund the new store and all prices will be the same at both stores.
Explaining why Boyne City was chosen, the announcement on the Grain Train website states, "It's an exciting and growing community that we believe is very aligned with our values. We feel it is an easy and viable test market that poses minimal risk for our new small store concept."
The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce assisted the Grain Train in gauging local support this spring by posting an online petition that was signed by 550 people.
A grand opening celebration for the new satellite store is planned for October.