Gordon Food Service seeks to open marketplace store on Ann Arbor's West Stadium Boulevard
Grand Rapids-based food service distributor Gordon Food Service is looking to open its second marketplace store in Washtenaw County, city records indicate.
The location: the long-vacant retail space at 2196 W. Stadium Blvd., formerly a CVS Pharmacy.
Ryan Sytsma, a real estate manager with Gordon Food Service, and Michael Sisskind, the current West Stadium Boulevard property owner, submitted an application to the city of Ann Arbor requesting amendments to a site plan that was approved when Lake Trust Credit Union was constructed last year.
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The request also includes a land division to split the former CVS from the existing parcel, a 980-square-foot building addition for Gordon Food Service’s entry and loading area, an interior remodel, revised vehicle parking and modifications to the driveway off Stadium Boulevard.
The site, located on the southeast corner of Stadium and Liberty, currently contains a 23,000-square-foot building occupied by O’Reilly Auto Parts and Greenback Dollar Store.
The 10,000-square-foot former CVS space has been vacant for years. It’s listed with Howard Schwartz Commercial Real Estate for an annual $14 per square foot.
In 2010, Lake Trust Credit Union, also located on the property, divided and purchased its parcel from Sisskind for $600,000.
Now, plans call to divide and purchase the former CVS parcel to sell to Gordon Food Service, according to city documents.
Plans also call to widen the existing Stadium Boulevard Drive to provide an easier truck entrance and “safer interior site circulation,” the application says.
Gordon Food Service, which declined to comment on the plans, operates a GFS Marketplace store on Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township. The stores supply foodservice products to restaurants, schools and other institutions, and customers can buy goods in bulk at the store.
The company was founded in 1897 and the first marketplace store opened in 1979. There currently are 151 GFS Marketplace stores in nine states, according to GFS spokesperson Mark Dempsey.