Hamtramck's Polish Market replaced by new international grocer

by

comment
PHOTO BY SERENA MARIA DANIELS
  • Photo by Serena Maria Daniels
The closure of Polish Market in Hamtramck earlier this year was yet another sign that demographics have shifted.

Now known simply as Fresh Market, the Yemeni-owned grocery store quietly opened just before the holidays, offering a limited inventory of produce, an olive bar, a huge variety of juices, and an all-halal meat counter.



Manager Hizam Husain tells us he's working with a number of wholesalers to get more groceries in stock in the new year. Customers with suggestions on what to carry are encouraged to tell employees.

"We're learning as we go along," Husain says. "This is our first time opening a business like this, but we want to try to make everybody happy."
PHOTO BY SERENA MARIA DANIELS
  • Photo by Serena Maria Daniels
PHOTO BY SERENA MARIA DANIELS
  • Photo by Serena Maria Daniels

PHOTO BY SERENA MARIA DANIELS
  • Photo by Serena Maria Daniels
Behind the new market is the family of Reedwan Husain, who also runs Good Price general store down the street that sells clothing, housewares, headscarves, and other basics.



Under the previous Polish Market name, the store had struggled to attract customers in Hamtramck before it shuttered for good. Meanwhile, a new, larger location popped up in Troy — signs that the Eastern European influence the city once was known for have moved away.

Still in town are Polish stalwarts like Polish Village, Polonia, Srodek's, and Bozek's Market, but also quite a few Yemeni and Bangladeshi-owned businesses, including Al Haramain International Foods, Royal Kabob, Aladdin Sweets & Café, and Mocha Café (which we note serves one of our favorite dishes of the year).

Fresh Market is open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and is at 10200 Joseph Campau.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.