2018-08-08 / Front Page

Sandusky official hopeful building won’t remain empty

Jeff’s Marketplace holding liquidation sale
810-452-2689 • elevine @mihomepaper.com

Jeff’s Marketplace in Sandusky is holding a liquidation sale that started Monday. Photo by Eric Levine Jeff’s Marketplace in Sandusky is holding a liquidation sale that started Monday. Photo by Eric Levine The Sandusky city manager is hoping the city’s positive economy will help produce two good things: a new occupant for the Jeff’s Marketplace building; and local jobs for the approximately 50 employees who will be out of work when the grocery store closes.

Jeff Durecka announced last week that the grocery store on the city’s westside would close Saturday, Aug. 4 and reopen Monday, Aug. 6 for a liquidation sale.

Durecka, who owns grocery businesses in Croswell and Lexington, purchased the former Jerry’s Foodland, which had been in business more than 50 years, in February.

City Manager Dave Faber said he first learned Durecka was considering closing the store on July 25 and later that it was a certainty. Faber said he has been working to put Durecka in contact with local and state agencies that might assist him with grants, loans or business advice on finding occupants for the 35,000 square-foot building – the I-69 Business Development Center, Michigan Department of Economic Development, and Sanilac Regional Economic Consortium.

“We’re hoping he will still do something with the building,” Faber said on Monday.

The Dureckas, said Faber, are “good people. It’s a shame. It comes down to people supporting local business. If we don’t support local business, this is what ends up happening.”

Faber said, “My opinion, this town needs a family-owned grocery store.”

Faber said locally-owned businesses must have the support of the community, because large chains, such as Dollar General are selling groceries and “taking a little piece of the pie” away from stores like Jeff’s Marketplace, Faber said.

The city manager said he’s hopeful employees of Jeff’s can find other jobs in the community. He said a lot of existing businesses have “help wanted” signs, and the new Taco Bell restaurant that’s coming to Sandusky will be hiring.

Despite Jeff’s closing, “a lot of good things are happening” in Sandusky, said Faber.

He pointed to Taco Bell, plans for the new Greenstone Farm Credit Services building, the extensive sidewalk project along both sides of Sanilac Avenue (M-46) on the city’s westside possibly this fall, and downtown buildings that are being converted to medical offices, an architect’s office, restaurant and more.

Jeff Durecka could not be reached for comment.

Return to top

Copyright © 2009-2018 Sanilac County News, All Rights Reserved

Special Sections

Click here for digital edition
2018-08-08 digital edition