Rock Perks Spotlight: Grand Central Market
By Caylie Peet, CTA
Grand Central Market has been a staple in downtown Grand Rapids since 2005. But when the Powell family took ownership in 2010, they focused on creating a welcoming space that invites everyone to be a part of the Market family.
Nearly a decade later, the Powell family remains committed to offering fresh, locally made products and dedicated service to the GR community. And, thanks to the work of award-winning chef Cheryl Powell, the Market offers an impressive catering service along with a diner featuring an expansive breakfast and lunch menu. This, paired with the market’s centralized location in downtown GR, makes visiting Grand Central Market an easy choice for those who live, work or play near Monroe Center.
We sat down with Christina Meuser, co-owner and daughter of Tom and Cheryl Powell, to chat about the Market and what it’s like serving the people of Grand Rapids:
Tell us a bit about the history of your business. How did you get started and what did it take to get to the point you’re at today?
“We opened in 2010. We are a family-owned and family-operated business. I worked for the previous owners, and when the opportunity came to buy this location, I convinced my parents to join me on this adventure. We’ve worked extremely hard to get the Market where it is today and will continue to do so.”
What makes Grand Central Market different from the competition?
“We are the only market centrally located in downtown Grand Rapids. And we’ve been providing quality service to customers for more than a decade.”
What’s your favorite thing about operating a business in downtown GR?
“Customer relations. Our customers are an extension of our family.”
What’s on the horizon for Grand Central Market through the remainder of this year and beyond?
“Continued growth in all areas of our business.”
As a Rockford Property Management resident or member of Blue35, you have access to the Rock Perks program, which will get you 10% off all grocery and diner purchases at Grand Central Market under $100. To take advantage of the discount, just present your Rock Perks card. Don’t have a Rock Perks card yet? Consider joining us as a resident.