Martin's Express to open May 7 at former Save-A-Lot location south of Goshen

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

A grocery store in the south side of Goshen will reopen as a Martin’s Express Thursday, May 7, after being closed for several months.

The opening will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. at the store’s location at 1401 College Ave. Several city government officials and business leaders will attend the event, including Jim McKee, president of the Goshen City Council; David Daugherty, president and CEO of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and Rob Bartels, president and CEO of Martin’s Super Markets.

Martin’s Super Markets currently has 21 stores in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, but the smaller Martin’s Express is the first of its kind for the company.

As media and marketing manager Cindy Kaplan explains, a lot of other retailers have tried similar formats to squeeze their stores into smaller buildings or whatever land is available.

The 26,200-square-foot store will still have a Side Door Deli Café, a Starbucks Coffee kiosk, a salad bar, full-service butcher and seafood shops. Its shelves will also stock groceries, including dairy, frozen goods, and health and beauty products, according to a news release.

The difference is that it might not stock the same products as other Martin’s Super Markets — but Kaplan said that kind of variation applies between any of the other stores as well.

“Not all stores carry the same variety (of products),” she said. “Each one has a different footprint and a different square-foot size.”

The Martin’s Express will honor all of Martin’s Super Markets’ regular weekly advertisement specials and customer programs, including Martin’s Advantage Cards, according to the news release.

The store will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and employ about 85 full-time and part-time employees.

A Save-A-Lot previously occupied the property where the Martin’s Express will be, according to reporting by The Elkhart Truth. Martin’s Super Market had operated the Save-A-Lot franchise since December 2007.

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