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.

Youssef February 14, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I live in the west end of time, and ValuLand isn't too far from me. I proudly shop at ALDI because i'm tried of paying Kroger prices for the same quality products. So I am willing to give this place a try.
City of Dearborn (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 02:21 PM
More information about the grand opening has just been added to this article. We'll see you all at the ribbon cutting on Monday!
Donna Hay February 14, 2013 at 02:33 PM
I agree I am willing to give ValuLand a try. It is so nice going up to ACO now and see al the cars in the parking lot that not to long ago was empty most of the time. I can go into Family Dollar and buy a bunch of brand name items and save money over what I woud have paid at Kroger. Just go around the corner to MI and Military and take a good look at the empty store fronts that no one wants. We drove thru Garden City yesterday (probably the first time in 20 years I have gone down Ford Rd thru there) and they have a lot of shopping in that area I would say way more then what we have in the west end. What is their secret??
Pam February 14, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I wish them luck. I am glad to see another vacant space improved and occupied with a store that sells things most folks here can use. And to those that whine that we don't have "upscale stores"-the local elections over the past 20 years or so have had consequences and you see them in the rest of West Dearborn.
Staci R February 14, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Most families are very budget conscience these days, ValuLand will be a welcome addition. Upscale stores wouldn't survive in this economy in Dearborn. Those with the money to spend at upscale stores can afford the gas money and drive to Birmingham.
Paul Bart February 15, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Maybe that's why we get Marshall' s, Goodwill, Way too many dollar stores and the like. If somebody asked me what business I wanted to see in Dearborn, I would start with Trader Joe's, Costco (for that big ugly open space at Michigan and Telegraph), Original Pancake House (so I wouldn't have to go to Birmingham , Apple Store... Laugh if you like but that's my target list if I worked for this city or Chamber of Commerce. That's what Dearborn was when I grew up here with Jacobsen's, Ted's, Muirhead's and the like.... All neatly killed off by a 30% vacant Fairlane Town Center
Marium Wilke February 15, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Amen.... Paul you can see the road and maybe no light at the end of the tunnel...
laplateau February 15, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Paul...The problem is not just because of the failed Fairlane Town Center, but as much, or more, the result of the downward trend in our demographics. There are so many more reasons for that than a shopping mall. So, I welcome ValuLand...it's all Michigan made. I also think many of us have to lower our noses to a more level position and get less snobbish about what business we have or don't have. If we had the demographics that high end retail and service industries depend on, we would still have the Ritz, Sac's, Lord and Taylor, etc.
Pam February 15, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Or if we would have had an anchor retailer like Kohl's smaller middle of the road businesses would have grown around it. But we don't, and laplateau, you are right on.
Marium Wilke February 15, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Paul you have the right idea...I believe what you said is to be true..Say what you want..We have already laid the ground work on retail..It will not get any better...It is what it is...
Ally Frizzle February 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I'll definitely try it out! I hope the produce actually looks good, unlike the stuff at Sav-A-Lot. I've been trying to shop local, including Westborn (which can be incredibly expensive) and Pelham Market (small selection and always have a strong chemical smell when we visit.) Maybe ValuLand can provide a nice balance between the two.
robert jones February 17, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Its great to have choices. Good for dearborn. Competition.
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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