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Grocery Wars

Last week Detroit broke ground on two major chain grocery stores, thereby making it the "everyone is doing it thing." Which is to say, now Papa Joe's Gourmet Market is into the idea of a Detroit store, too. The high-end suburban chain has locations in Birmingham, Rochester and inside Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital. And this is why, once again, Whole Foods Detroit is still America's Most Important Grocery store: it started it. So now is Gilbert trying to get into this game? A rep from Papa Joe's would "not disclose where the market is considering setting up shop. Bedrock Real Estate Services, one of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc.'s family of companies, confirmed it is in discussions with several grocery stores to locate downtown, but declined to name any candidates." [The Detroit News]