Felpausch

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Felpausch Food Center
Defunct
Industry Supermarket
Founded Hastings, Michigan, 1933
Headquarters Grand Rapids, MI
Key people
James Felpaush, former President
Craig Sturken, Current CEO
Products Spartan
President's Choice
Top Care
Full Circle

Felpausch /ˈfɛlpʃ/ was a grocery store chain based in Hastings, Michigan, United States. The first store opened in Hastings in 1933, and the chain operated primarily in the southwestern quadrant of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Its locations were largely sold to Spartan Stores (now SpartanNash), who converted them to Family Fare and D&W Fresh Market.

History[edit]

Felpausch was run by the third generation of family members and had been operating as an associate-owned company since 1995. A year later, it bought locations from South Haven-based Village Markets in Dowagiac, Paw Paw, and Benton Harbor. The Benton Harbor store, originally built as Jewel, was closed after only 10 months.[1]

A branch in Battle Creek was converted to an upscale prototype called Zucca's in 2004.[2] This location later closed and is now a Habitat for Humanity thrift store.[3] Jackson, Michigan was reconfigured in 2006 to have an Ace Hardware franchise inside it.[4] This store, also a former Jewel, closed in 2008.[5]

In March 2007, it was announced that Felpausch was being purchased by Grand Rapids, Michigan distributor and retailer, Spartan Stores (now SpartanNash).[6] Spartan re-branded most of the locations D&W Fresh Market or Family Fare.[7] Charlotte was closed and converted to a health office by 2008.[8] The original store in Hastings closed in 2008 and became an Ace Hardware.[9] followed by the closure of Kalamazoo in 2009.[10] Grand Ledge was shuttered in 2013 after a brief conversion to Family Fare.[11] Mason became a Save-A-Lot which closed in January 2015.[12]

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