Properties & Leasing

Family grocery store grows by staying close to its roots

Posted by: Scott Tucker Scott Tucker
on May 8, 2013

neimans family market logoBeyond the fresh meats and vegetables, weekly specials, and featured recipes, there’s one thing that Neiman’s Family Market has always been serving — the community.

The Neimans have held their neighbors close to heart as they’ve grown their business from a small start-up in Alpena, Mich., into a family-owned company that’s marking its 30th anniversary this year.

But that’s not the only birthday on the calendar. The grocer will be opening the doors to its fourth store this summer at Kimco’s White Lake Commons shopping center in Clarkston, Mich. The new store will join locations is Alpena, Tawas City, and St. Clair, all in Michigan.

BUILD OUT: Construction is underway at the new Neiman’s Family Market in Kimco’s White Lake Commons shopping center

BUILD OUT: Construction is underway at the new Neiman’s Family Market in Kimco’s White Lake Commons shopping center

Leading the expansion is Bryan Neiman, Director of Store Operations and the third generation to carry forward the Neiman’s approach to business — one rooted in building familial ties with the community and employees.

Property Snapshot:
White Lake Commons

Site Information
Location: Clarkston, Mich.
MSA: Detroit-Warren-Livonia
GLA: 151,358 SF
Anchor Tenants: CVS, Office Depot
Leasing Agent: Scott Tucker
Area Demographics* (3 miles)
Population:   29,665
Avg. HH Income: $94,036
Households:   11,658

Aerial ViewWhite Lake Commons

*2012 estimates. Data obtained through SitesUSA and updates of 2000 Census data by AGS.

When we interviewed him for our blog, Bryan told us about how Neiman’s hosts tailgates for the local high school homecoming games, where it’s given away some 10,000 hot dogs over the past 15 years. Neiman’s Family Market also continues to donate to the United Way of Northeast Michigan, raising $7,000 this year. And the grocer stays engaged with its neighbors through the Neiman’s Family Market Facebook and Twitter pages.

From an employment perspective, Neiman’s has kept many employees in the family over the years, and some have been with the company since its founding. Neiman’s will also have a positive impact on the local Clarkston economy when it hires about 110-120 staff members for its new store.

These are just some of the ways Neiman’s Family Market continues its passion and commitment to its neighbors and employees. Click play to hear Bryan tell more details about why his grandfather founded the business, and how the family has built strong relationships with its communities ever since. Also listen for some sneak peek details into the new store opening in Clarkston. You can also download the podcast and read the transcript.

  • 0:40 When Neiman’s Family Market first opened
  • 1:05 How Neiman’s Family Market was founded
  • 3:14 The grocer’s three locations
  • 4:13 How Neiman’s Family Market picked a Kimco shopping center for its fourth location
  • 5:38 Why Neiman’s Family Market feels its relationship with Kimco is positive
  • 6:18 When Neiman’s plans to open its fourth store
  • 7:04 Some early grand opening plans
  • 7:53 Why Neiman’s has been able to expand from its roots
  • 9:43 How Neiman’s Family Market stays involved with its communities
  • 11:17 How the grocer is using social media

We expect Neiman’s Family Market to bring new vitality to our shopping center, adding a solid grocery option that complements the other tenants, including anchors CVS and Home Depot. More on the property can be seen in the snapshot in the sidebar.


This has been an installment of StoreFront, an interview series with leaders of successful retail businesses. For more interviews, visit the StoreFront page. To learn how you can be featured, email us. We’d love to hear from you.

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