Ken’s Fruit Market reopens months after arson

kens fruit market, plainfield avenue
Ken's Fruit Market reopens Thursday, more than seven months after a fire. (April 13, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — More than seven months after a fire forced a popular grocery store in Grand Rapids Township to close its doors, Ken’s Fruit Market will reopen Thursday.

The Sept. 8 fire at Ken’s Fruit Market off Plainfield Avenue NE was ruled arson, but investigators have never been able to find the person responsible. The flames were minimal, but the smoke damage left owners no choice but to throw out $225,000 worth of groceries and goods and start from scratch.

Ken's Fruit Market, Plainfield Avenue, Grand Rapids Township
Construction work continues on Ken’s Fruit Market on Plainfield Avenue on Jan. 25, 2017.

The store owners had hoped to open in January, but they told 24 Hour News 8 that opening day was pushed back because of code and construction issues.

Many people have been anticipating the reopening of Ken’s Fruit Market. Alex Courts, the store’s general manager, said it will feature the same products as before but will have a little different layout with more room.

“It was a lot of confusion on our part because we just didn’t know getting into this thing what the extent was going to be, so we just kept having to push things back a little bit and you know we’re just really glad to be back and we appreciate everybody’s patience,” said Courts.

Ken’s Fruit Market will have a lot of good sales going on through the weekend and also next week, Courts added.

Next door, Africa’s Child, had to throw out all of their inventory from smoke damage. They are holding a grand reopening at 10 a.m. Thursday. Africa’s Child will also have drawings and door prizes through Saturday.