June 15, 2015

Detroit Kosher Consumers Adapt to Changes in Retail Scene

Detroit - The news that the seven stores of Hiller's with their considerable kosher offerings will convert to Kroger in a few weeks, first reported in Kosher Today, continues to be played out here. Hiller’s posted a half-page ad recently in the Detroit Jewish News stating "50% off our inventory of national brand kosher products." Local kosher consumers are wondering whether Hiller’s is just eliminating inventory and whether Kroger will stock as many kosher and Israeli products as Hiller’s did. One Stop Kosher will no doubt pick up some of the slack, but some say that the store is not on par with other newer kosher supermarkets throughout the nation and it is 10 miles from West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills, two major Jewish communities.  Other stores nearby, like Johnny Pomodoro's gourmet fruit market, are trolling for Hiller's customers, offering $5 if shoppers sign up for a loyalty card.  The Meijer store in Commerce Township will also increase its kosher selection. Stay tuned!