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ValuLand Grocery Store Going Out of Business This Saturday

After only 10 months in business, the discount grocery store in west downtown Dearborn is closing shop for good.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
ValuLand, a discount grocery store that opened its doors only 10 months ago in west downtown Dearborn's Newman Street strip, is closing its doors for good this Saturday, according to a ValuLand employee.

A sign in the store's window reads "Effective Dec. 7, 2013 at 5 p.m. our store will be closing. We have been proud to serve you and we thank you for your patronage," the employee told Patch.

ValuLand, owned by Spartan Stores Inc., opened in Dearborn on Feb. 17, 2013. The Dearborn store is one of eight ValuLand locations in Michigan, according to the company's website. The others are located in Leslie, Clare, Warren, Marion and Roseville, with two locations in Lansing.

Though the store was only open for 10 months, some residents are sad to see it go.

"I have been doing all my grocery shopping at ValuLand," said Dearborn resident Jan Biestek-Gaynor on the Dearborn Residents for Accountability Facebook page. "This is so disappointing."

Others are just upset to see another empty storefront in the area.

A corporate spokesperson for ValuLand could not be reached for comment as of Monday afternoon.
Jason Alexander (Editor) December 02, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Even though it was here a short time, will you miss ValuLand? What should take its place?
Kamal Makki December 02, 2013 at 05:10 PM
The store sucked anyway, found stuff cheaper at kroger
Joseph Borrajo December 02, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Options is the cornerstone of competition. Monopolies and too big to fail have affectively destroyed capitalism. P3
grapenut December 02, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I hate hearing its closing!!!! Ten Months is no enough time to loose any money! Is it Dearborn paperwork or people that have clout here in db ,that are shutting it down for some crazy reason?? I love going bc its so convenient,great parking,nice employees,clean,good prices and have a lot of selection. I just think Db people that didnt want to see it come to town could possibly be trying to drive it out?? I don't find shopping at Kroger any cheaper .. I will go to Meijer if I am looking for the cheapest thing out there
Jessica Carreras December 02, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Honestly, I only shopped there when I needed one or two things because I knew they were never crowded. I don't think that Kroger's "monopoly" destroyed it - Spartan is a chain, too! Sounds to me like the merger of the two companies had something to do with it. Funny thing: I had a week-old carton of strawberries from Westborn and bought a new carton from Valu-land ... the ones from Valu-land went bad first. Westborn is pricey, but it's worth it for the quality!
barbara goldi December 03, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Sorry to see them close. Always so neat and clean and found good buys. Barbara goldi
Pam December 03, 2013 at 08:33 AM
I didn't shop there but I was glad to see the space occupied. I will not celebrate the demise of honest businesses. Any Dearborn resident that does must not care about their property values or our horrendous millage rate, reminiscent of Detroit, Flint and other communities that can't sustain a tax base.
Dominic Raona December 03, 2013 at 08:49 AM
...could there be another Greenland Market in the making?????
Karen F. December 03, 2013 at 03:16 PM
I like the idea of another Greenland Market. Although, from my part of Dearborn (Ford & Telegraph) there are many more convenient options. I don't shop W. Dearborn at all.
Pam December 04, 2013 at 08:34 AM
I am not sure what would work there. I think the grocery/produce stores are fairly entrenched and it will be difficult to get folks to change their loyalties.
Lee Jacobsen December 04, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Perhaps Bulk Foods could 'bulk up' and take over the location. That is a store that has unique produce, and folk come from long distances to shop there as it offers product not commonly found at places like Kroger. Places such as Sam's Club have prices much less, like 30% less, and goodies besides. Valuland did not put their product in my face, inept advertising, I thought they sold furniture.... An auto parts store would be able to survive at that location, no competition within a 1/4 mile....
Pam December 04, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Lee, do you remember years ago there was a Bulk Foods place in the Goodwill location. They were forced to the smaller space across Newman when Inca came in. I agree with you, the offerings are unique and might be a good fit.

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