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UPDATE: ValuLand Opens This Weekend in Dearborn

The discount grocery store will open in the Newman Street strip.

A new grocery shopping option will be available for Dearborn residents this weekend.

Spartan Stores, the parent company for ValuLand, has made quick progress on their Dearborn store—set to open Sunday at 22541 Newman.

The store will officially open at 8 a.m. Sunday to shoppers. An official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled the following day, Monday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m. Community officials and store representatives will be present and the public is invited to attend.

Spartan Stores is a distributor that also operates several other store chains, as well as supplies to local grocers. ValuLand is the company's newest acquisition, with stores in Warren, Leslie, Roseville, Marion, Lansing and Clare.

ValuLand was originally set to open in October 2012.

The store will sell grocery items at a discounted price—including produce, meats and dry goods.

Dearborn Patch Facebook fans mostly said they were split on whether to give the store a try.

Debra Hay Ainsworth said she would give the Michigan-based ValuLand a try "right after I shop at ACO."

"Looking forward to checking out the new store!" added Vivian Shepard. "Welcome Valuland!!"

Patch fan Dawn Polk disagreed.

"Downtown Dearborn is turning into discount row, Goodwill, Valuland, and Dollar Family," she said. "When are the upscale stores coming?"

"As long as the discount stores are occupying storefronts, I don't really see a problem here," contested Abdallah Siblani. "Would you feel more comfortable passing by a strip mall of vacant buildings?"

Representatives of Spartan Stores say that the store has created 40 jobs in Dearborn.

“We are delighted to be part of the Dearborn community and to bring Valu Land to area shoppers," Spartan Stores Executive Vice President Merchandising and Marketing Alan Hartline said in a statement.

"The store caters primarily to budget-minded households by offering value-priced items, as well as convenience, freshness and quality," he added. "With the economy as it is, Valu Land is responding to a heightened need for value that shoppers can depend on every day. Convenience is a key factor in terms of finding quality staple items at low prices in an organized supermarket which saves time searching for deals and navigating the store.”

Will you shop at ValuLand? Tell us in the comments.

Peggy Weggy February 17, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Amen to Trader Joe's Paul. And I have this feeling that it IS a demographics thing as said by laplateau ... they decide not to be here ...but Detroit and Inkster Need to buy groceries too. And Trader joes is Not expensive. I will peek in at value land I'm glad There is something filling one of the many vacant spaces in Dearborn... I hope it does well there. but I am a devoted Westborn Shopper for their quality and customer service
bitsy08 February 17, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I'll give it a try. It's getting so, though, that I shop at Meijer's for everthing, especially meats. They have in my estimation the best meat of anyone. I then go to Kroger's for things I can't find at Meijer, which isn't very many but certainly Kroger's Private Collection ice cream, especial the Sea Salt Caramel Truffle. Oh, my! But I do agree with Paul. I'd also like to see Cosco, Kohl's and ANY other restaurant than Middle Eastern and coneys. Lord. Let's have another coney island. We certainly don't have enough! I'd rather eat a hot dog from the cart in front of Aco than go to one of the restaurants. And how 'bout a Meijer or Kohl's or Cosco in Dearborn Heights? These are the stores that will BRING more people. It's possible we need new city planners in both cities.
Donna Hay February 17, 2013 at 08:21 PM
My Daughter and I just shopped at ValuLand and it is a very nice store much nicer than Aldi's. Things aren't cluttering the aisles and they have a good variety of name brand items I would definitely shop there on a regular basis. I'm not very good with prices but I do know that I saved $3.00 on K-cups and $.56 on Beneful tubs of dog food over Kroger's price. You don't have to pay $.25 for a cart and they have baggers packing. Give it a try!!!
Rachel L February 18, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Good to see that racism is alive and well in Dearborn! (and next time I have time to go shopping, I'll try and swing by there. worth a try!)
Sadie February 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Does anyone know if they accept coupons?

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