ELKHART — The Martin’s Super Market on Nappanee Street is closing on Jan. 23, SpartanNash confirmed Friday.

A new Martin’s Super Market opened on Jackson Boulevard in Elkhart’s River District in October last year, replacing an older store that had been in the same location. Shortly before the new store opened, Martin’s Super Markets Marketing Director Krista Wendt said the chain, owned by SpartanNash, had “no plans at this time to close the Nappanee Street store.”

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fire111

So Joe! I don't know when Kroger opened at Nappanee and Fulton but Kelly's closed about 34 years ago!

Joe King

let's hear it for fire.....he knows when Kelly's closed.....yay fire! Krogers opened shortly before Kroger's closed...

ConcernedCitizen

I can't believe you censored me on comments about a grocery store. It's a sad day.

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RasmusSJorgensen

I apologize for the error. You were not censored. I sent your comment through as soon as I saw it, and I'm not sure what happened to make it not show up here. I was able to send it again when I saw this comment and realized the error, so your original comment is up now. Again, I am sorry.

ConcernedCitizen

Joe, I agree with you this time. I think the closing of that store is not good for the community in that area. Plenty of people don't have access to cars 24/7 and this will make it more difficult for them to shop. Martin's has gone downhill since the sale to Spartan/Nash. I can't blame them for selling, I just wish they hadn't. I have shopped faithfully at Martin's for many years. They are not my first choice anymore.

DingFod

You can buy food at Aldi's or Costco cheaper than Martins by a long shot ! If you plan properly at Costco, you can throw half of the bulk away if it spoils, or give it to family, and STILL be money ahead. Martins is 4th on the list now for us....

fire111

Yep Joe! I understand. Mixed up! It happens. I used to drive all the way to the north side of Goshen for groceries. I just shop at Hardings now. If I want great meat I order it or go to Middlebury to Old Hoosier Meats! I remember as a kid, my parents went all over for groceries. A&P, Bob Wilson's and I this United mills may have had food? I loved going to A&P on north Main Elkhart. Roller rink upstairs. At the end of one aisle was the coffee. You ground your own! The aroma! WoW! Love the aroma. Never drank coffee! So I guess those west siders will have to drive to Walmart west, Walmart north, Martin's north or downtown, Martins south @ Concord Mall, or for small purchases there is a dollar store seemingly on every corner!

Joe King

Thanks for sharing your shopping habits.....said no one ever.... Now back to the west side of Elkhart being a food desert...

Kelly's Grocery Store---> Krogers--->Martins---->nothing.

fire111

Joe. I don't know if you realize it or not. Businesses only operate where they turn profit. If they don't turn a profit.... they don't exist. 10 minute drive to Walmart west, Walmart north, Aldi's, 2023 Meijer north. Kelly's? Wow! U R old!

fire111

By the way Joe! One of your preferred new food stores also closed a store on the west side a few decades ago. Kroger's was at Fulton and Nappanee! They couldn't make a go at it. And Kelly's .... wasn't that closed last century?

Joe King

Kelly's closed because Krogers moved in...Krogers closed because Martins' moved in....Now the west side is a food desert...Meijer's will open in 1-2 years? Walmart? Yeah, that's a no...Krogers? If they update it...maybe...pretty old store....I'm just saying, with martins closing, there is no grocery store on the west side now. I don't think it was a profit decision, it was a "we don't want to pay rent decision" and now only have stores they own or were giving to them vs paying rent...

Joe King

Martin's has gone down hill since the purchase of Spartans... prices are high and stock is low....That is the only grocery store on the East Side. They were telling people a few weeks ago they were not closing....disappointing...and only giving a 1.5 weeks notice too. I will no longer support Martins... Meijers or Krogers for me now.

fire111

Gosh Joe! What about the Martins on east Bristol street or the one on Cr 4. The one on "EAST JACKSON" is on the EAST SIDE! Hence the name of the street . Maybe you meant Spartan/Nash purchased Martin's. Also I don't know if you realize! There is this thing called a pandemic. It does affect cost and production and low and behold distribution! How many food stores are in your town?

Joe King

I meant to say west side

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