Westborn market opens its fourth location in Plymouth in July, and we stopped by to see what it is.
The store is a repurpose of a former post office on Penniman Avenue, and the interior has been renovated to match the upscale grocery feel of other Westborn locations.
“We have an appetite for growth,” said Bryan Bandyk, Westborn Marketing Director. “Really, the motivation was the community and ownership that became available to us, which motivated her – more than us looking for a fourth location.”
Discussions about opening the Plymouth Westborn began over two years ago, and they were inspired by the community and the opportunity there, said Bandyk.
Westborn Market offers more than your typical grocery store, including party platters, catering, fruit baskets, full floral design, and delivery services.
The Plymouth store is smaller than the other locations, but it has two floors. Upstairs there are 11,000 square feet of groceries and prepared foods, while the beer and wine selection downstairs offers the largest selection of any Westborn market.
“We decided it would be pretty much the same version of our existing, product-driven store, but each department is just a little smaller,” Bandyk said. “We thought that with the downtown suburban location and the inclusion of the outdoor patio, we could expand our kitchen operation. “
Plymouth’s location goes further than Westborn Markets in Berkley, Dearborn and Livonia. It has a full service bistro, with 20 seats inside and 70 outside on the terrace. The menu was created by the Westborn Market team in collaboration with David Gilbert, chef at Le Marais in Grosse Pointe.
“It’s a contemporary restaurant menu served in a market environment. I think it’s pretty cool,” Bandyk said. He mentions crab cakes as “the best in metro Detroit” and pork kebabs and flatbreads when asked what his favorite dish was.
The bistro’s hours reflect those of the market.
Westborn Market prides itself on its extensive offering of products made in Michigan. At the market, you will find fresh produce, vegetables and even granola bars made in the state.
“We are committed to being the best in every category of service we provide,” the Marketplace website read. “Westborn is a company with a proud family tradition, striving to provide only the best quality products for you and your family.”
Even on a weekday morning, Plymouth Westborn Market was teeming with shoppers. If you are in the area it is worth stopping by.
Westborn Market has additional locations in Berkley at 27659 Woodward Ave. in Berkley; 21770 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn; and 14925 Middlebelt Road. in Livonia.