Port Huron, MI — The neighborhood near the intersection of Pine Grove Avenue and 10th Avenue in Port Huron could soon be getting a gourmet market complete with a deli, bakery, and fresh produce if the current Ryan’s Liquor store is given zoning approval to expand.
Brian Zetouna, whose family owns the store, and Store Manager Michelle Denney have been wanting to address the “food desert” that exists in the neighborhood. Getting to a grocery store with fresh foods is currently difficult for some residents of the area.
Zetouna said they are hoping to expand to 4300 square feet and offer everything neighborhood residents need to feed their families at reasonable prices.
Jack Smith’s Market went out of business in the neighborhood many years ago with nothing to take its place until now, according to Zetouna. He said they are going to “work with the space they have, do their best, and leave the rest in God’s hands.” He said they really care for the area and want to give it what it needs.
Renderings and plans have been presented to city zoning and planning commissions. The plans include a full-service grocery store with a butcher counter, deli counter, a bakery with fresh daily made items, a wood fire pizza oven, and a full line of produce, frozen foods, and dairy, along with Ryan’s current extensive party store offerings.
Reporting for WGRT- Jennie McClelland