Saline Shoppers Unhappy About Losing Country Market

The grocery store will close by June 19, according to AnnArbor.com.

Polly's Country Market will close its doors by June 19, according to AnnArbor.com.

In a story published Friday morning, AnnArbor.com reported store employees were told in two meetings Thursday that the store was closing because of escalating rent, taxes and insurance costs.

Rumors about Country Market have been swirling around town all week. Calls placed to Polly's County Market officials in Jackson were not returned. Tuesday, responding to an email, company president Kim Kennedy said she'd answer questions after May 24. Messages left Thursday and Friday were not returned.

In 2011, AnnArbor.com reported that store officials blamed the opening of Wal-Mart for losing about $1 million annually in sales.

Judging by responses to a question on posed on Facebook, Saline shoppers will miss Country Market's fresh produce, friendly service and affordable prices.

Here were some of the comments:

  • Carrie Morgan Calleja: I will miss them. They were the economical choice for grocery stores in Saline. Busch's is far to expensive to shop at and Walmart has terrible produce. Its a shame we are loosing a store that had good values. Now I will have to travel outside of Saline to go shopping which will further put a strain on the budget.
  • Jim Pryce: I live in Ypsilanti and I will miss Country Market. I enjoyed being able to go in get my groceries and not have to stand in long lines or deal with a stupid self checkout. All the employees are friendly and helpful.
  • Wendy Williams: My girls and I will miss Country Market, we like to run in before school occasionally for a yummy donut! Sad to hear 
  • Kim Johnson Kaster: My family will miss Country Market. I could find things there that I couldn't find other places. I loved their produce. Their prices were great. The people are so friendly. I actually enjoyed grocery shopping there. Plus they supported many young people with disabilities. My son loved shopping there and working there. Plus I have to mention the pharmacy who always went out of there way to be helpful. This is so sad.
  • Karen Johnson: We will miss Country Market too. The customer in training carts were a hit with my 7-year-old. You could also find things that other stores don't carry. Not bad prices. Busch's is too expensive when not offering the My Way Specials on certain days of the week and not every month. Although Busches is VERY active in the community, which I admire.
  • Ken Schilke: It's a shame they are going....I always like the people who work there...Country Market is a down-to-earth local grocery market alternative.
  • Jeanne Jacoby: This is terrible news. I won't shop at Walmart and Busch's is far too expensive for everyday shopping. So bummed. 
  • Sarah Gallagher: This is unfortunate news. I'll miss the convenience and their prices. We'll be shopping at Meijer.
  • Jennifer Mejia Hernandez: Very Sad news! I LOVE COUNTRY MARKET!, very friendly workers, cheaper than walmart and Busch's, short lines, just all in all better!!


Tran Longmoore May 26, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Will you miss Country Market? Would you like to see a new grocery store in Saline? What kind?
robert May 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Country Market does have many good points, and they should try to stay open in Saline. WalMart presents only one idea, and it is low price. Their sheer size as the eighth largest foreign trading partner of China means they hardly care about grocery profits, when they can make it all up with other non-grocery items. Then, after they drive out all the competition...well, we know the rest of the story. Some might argue that competition is healthy. Agree. But, is it smart to ignore the patterns all over the country perpetuated by short term thinking of zoning boards?. Empty storefronts, unemployed workers, home foreclosures, falling tax revenues? Just how smart is it? On the flip side. How is it that small retailers are stuck with the intuitive thought of trying to compete head-to-head with China, Incorporated? The gorilla in the room cannot be ignored, but he is not as agile as the smaller player. Every retailer develops relationships with their customer base. And, even chain stores differ from store to store relative to the demands of their local patrons. This is a strength. And, it is one that is far less apparent within the massive China, Incorporated. (aka, WalMart)
GiGi May 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I will miss them and would like to see another "Michigan Owened" store take the space. My son will truly miss the "Cookie Club". I for one am not a fan of ChinaMart! It's a sham that the city hasn't done anything with the "Slumlord/Owner" of the plaza. Good thing I like Busch's but if they don't offer better sales or prices rise, I'll be forced to shop at Meijer or elsewhere! Take a stand and shop local businesses, please.
Janet May 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM
JEC Country Market in Saline will definitely be missed. Their deli counter is the best in the area. When you ask for your meat to be sliced a certain way they know how to do it, unlike Walmart, Meijer or Busch. The prices are always the best!!
Marcus May 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The city and landlord will not be able to get any other supermarket chain to be the anchor after 2 grocery stores have failed at the same location. In the end it all leads to more business for local Michigan owned Busch's and good ol Wally World
Shawn May 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Probably Kroger would work and i see them taking over Country Market's spot since Kroger has an advantage with its Plus Card and Gas purchases. so i suspect Kroger will get that spot once the dust settles. despite everything that has gone wrong with that shopping center too
Brian May 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I'll miss Country Market. Good prices, friendly employees. Don't understand how Busch's stays in business but Country Market has to close. Unless it's the significantly higher prices that Busch charges. Or maybe it's the snooty people that prefer Busch's. While Busch's employees are generally friendly, the few times that I've shopped at Busch's the customers seem to be on the snotty side. Not as friendly as the customers who shop Country Market.
Debra Burton May 28, 2012 at 04:10 PM
How about Whole Foods or Trader Joe's!
Tran Longmoore May 29, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Hi Debra, we also had this discussion on Facebook, where the Trader Joe's idea received some support. In fact, Saline City Council member David Rhoads said he planned to talk to management about the possibility of coming to Saline... Stay Tuned!
Larry Grisham May 30, 2012 at 01:14 PM
We all knew this could happen when Whalemart moved in. I for one will miss Country Market, as I'm in there 2 or 3 times a week. It's my favorite store, friendly people, great prices, great selection. And their bottle return area is the handiest, with more machines than any other store. It's a darn shame, and it stinks for the employees who will be out of a job. You'll all be missed.
Cassady Marie June 16, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I'm sorry to see Country Market go...we love the more local stores. Although wouldn't be disappointed if Kroger moved in...anything better than over priced Busch's.
Debbie m June 17, 2012 at 01:03 AM
goodbye to all our great customers I will so miss all of you thank you for 6 and a half years of great fun because I loved my job all my doggs you know who you are I will miss talking with you all it was like family it is what it is time to move on and grow more love and take care Debbie M has left the building June 23 2012 kisses and hugs
Erin Simpson June 25, 2012 at 07:36 AM
I would be THRILLED if a Trader Joes filled the spot!! I cannot see another typical grocery store moving in due to the competition from walmart...i think it would be suicide. But a place like Trader Joes or Whole Foods have a certain niche in the market and carry things that Walmart and Bushes do not. And TJ has very decent prices. The TJ in Ann Arbor is always a nightmare to shop at due to the small parking lot, awful traffic and very crowded. store. I think it would be a perfect fit for Saline.
Charlene Beach June 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Deb,We were all a family at this store and I all ready miss it BAD.We had something you don't just find any where.I will miss all my regular customers and hope to see most of them in Chelsea,that means you too! So for now SOOO LONG LOVE and MISS YOU ALL Char (Dairy Queen)
Martha July 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I would love to see a Trader Joe's come to Saline. That would be wonderful!


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