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11/20/2018 10:25:00 AM
South Bend-based Martin's Super Markets sold to SpartanNash Company
Martin's Super Market
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Martin's Super Market

Mary Shown, South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Local grocery store chain Martin's Super Markets will be acquired by Grand Rapids-based company SpartanNash in 2019. 

"We are excited to welcome Martin’s Super Markets to the SpartanNash family,” said David Staples, SpartanNash Company’s president and chief executive officer, in a press release.

According to a release, the transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of next year.  

Martin's has been a South Bend-owned grocery since 1947, when Martin and Jane Tarnow opened an 800-square-foot neighborhood grocery store at 1521 Portage Ave. in South Bend.

A few years later, the couple moved their store to a slightly larger building at 1439 Portage Ave., and called it Martin's IGA Super Market. In 1963, Martin's moved to a new, modern shopping center at Portage and Elwood avenues.

The grocery chain since has grown to including 21 stores in South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, Granger, Nappanee, Plymouth, Logansport, Goshen and Warsaw, as well as stores in Niles, St. Joseph and Stevensville, Michigan. Throughout Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan, Martin's currently employs approximately 3,500 people, and had more than $450 million in net sales for the fiscal year ending in July.

Rob Bartels, a grandson of the founders, in recent years has served as president and chief executive officer of Martin's Super Markets. Bartels noted the company was looking for a partner it could trust with the family’s legacy of customer service, quality products and value. They found that partner in SpartanNash, who owns other grocery stores such as Family Fare, Glen’s Markets, Prevo Markets and D&W Fresh Markets.

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