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    Spartan Stores Introduces New Family Fare Prototype

    The new 49,000-square-foot supermarket will include a c-store, gas station and drive-up pharmacy.

    ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP -- Spartan Stores Inc. is set to begin construction on a new Family Fare Supermarket that will be the prototype for future stores, and will include a gas station with a convenience store and a drive-up pharmacy, the company spokeswoman, Jeanne Norcross reported in The Grand Rapids Press.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the nearly 49,000-square-foot supermarket is scheduled for today at 9:30 a.m. at Allendale Christian School, which will be the site of the new store.

    The current school is to be demolished, with a $4.2 million school to be built behind the new Family Fare, the report stated, and both will open this fall.

    The new store will have 60 percent more retail space and feature Energy Star certification -- a government-backed program with energy-efficiency specifications for lighting and heating.

    Spartan Stores distributes more than 40,000 private-label and national brand products to more than 350 independent grocery stores in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

    The company also owns and operates 68 retail supermarkets and 19 deep-discount food and drug stores in Michigan and Ohio, including Family Fare, Glen's Markets, D&W Fresh Markets and The Pharm.

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