WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A Wyoming grocery store will soon shut its doors forever.
Gordy’s Market & Deli on S. Division Avenue south of Maplelawn Street SW will close May 3.
Owner Christopher Ramierez said his store is the sort of place where his 18 employees know nearly every customer by name, though the faces of those customers have changed in recent years as the demographic of the population along South Division has changed.
It’s also a place where employees have a sense of belonging, he said. One 15-year employee told 24 Hour News 8 the store is like a family.
But in recent years, business at Gordy’s has declined as competition from big-box and chain stores has increased, Ramierez said. Stores with more buying power and lower prices have moved in. A Walmart will soon open just down the street.
Those factors have led to Ramierez’s decision to close his “mom and pop” grocery store, which his family opened in the 1970s.
Loyal customers and longtime workers say they are sad to see the store go.