Suhel Kizi is always looking for ways to improve the shopping experience for customers at his Family Fair Food Center in Lafayette Park, so when he heard about the Green Grocer Façade Improvement Program from DEGC’s Olga Stella at a Chaldean Chamber of Commerce meeting, he was intrigued. Several years after their meeting, the Family Fair Food Center shines inside and out.
The DEGC Green Grocer Project Façade Improvement Program enables Detroit grocery store owners or tenants to enhance the visual appearance of their stores – and improve the grocery sector overall in the city of Detroit – by offering 50/50 matching grants. The Program also provides matching grants for building and parking lot improvements.
“Today we have windows where cement walls used to be. All of the exterior signage in new, including a tall sign at the corner of our new parking lot,” Kizi said.
The 27,000-sq-ft interior selling space of the full-service grocery store was completely renovated, including new freezers, lighting, aisle markers, signage and shelving.
Kizi also operates Harbortown Market on East Jefferson, Azteca Supermercado on Central, and Holly Foods in Holly. The Harbortown Market also received a grant from the façade program.
“It’s a great program that does a good job to help people improve the grocery stores in Detroit,” Kizi said.
Program Manager, Green Grocer Project