OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP - Construction continues on the site of Louie's Fresh Market following the groundbreaking last July.
The combination super market/hardware store/fast food restaurant/gas station on U.S. 41 in Osceola Township will be receiving yet another addition with the inclusion of InSight Eye Care.
Optometrist Donald Mitchell said it was time for a move because the business had outgrown its original space on Sixth Street in Calumet.
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From left, optometrist Dr. Donald Mitchell and Operations Managers Jason Meneguzzo and Nick Meneguzzo take a tour of the construction site of Louie’s Fresh Market on U.S. 41 in Osceola Township. The market is set to open March 4 while InSight Eye Care, a new addition to the complex, is expected to open in April or May.
"We recognized that five to six years ago," Mitchell said. "We were squeezing and squeezing and it reached the point where we had to do something."
Mitchell added that they looked at many different venues for the new location but thought an addition to the Fresh Market site on U.S. 41 would be the perfect spot.
"It looked like a great opportunity," he said.
Mitchell said he hopes to be able to open the doors to the new business in either April or May.
In addition to the new location, having a bigger office space will also allow Mitchell to see more patients.
The new building will have a large reception area and a larger dispensary for eyeglasses. InSight Eye Care will also have more specific rooms for specialized testing, such as glaucoma and retinal disease.
Mitchell said he also hopes being a part of an area with higher traffic will bring in more customers.
"We know exposure and location means a lot and we didn't think this would work against us at all," Mitchell said. "It will certainly be beneficial."
Mitchell added that he's excited about the relocation and is looking forward to opening the door.
One of the operations managers of the site, Nick Meneguzzo, said construction on the rest of the complex remains a work in progress with an estimated opening of March 4. While the building that will hold the grocery and hardware store is near completion, there won't be a groundbreaking for the still-unnamed fast food restaurant until the spring, he said.
The Meneguzzo Family has been involved in the grocery business since 1946, beginning with the late Louis Meneguzzo, Sr. The Louie's store in Lake Linden opened in 1976 and moved to its current location in 1994. In 2002, the family acquired the old Fraki's store on Fourth Street in Calumet and that store became Louie's Super 2 Foods. That store is still in operation, but eventually will be replaced by Louie's Fresh Market.
Nick Meneguzzo said the reason for the move is to have a better location and accessibility and to be able to add more selection for products.
"It got to the point where it'd be hard to expand downtown," he said.
He added the move will help the community through the addition of more jobs.
"The grocery and hardware store will add about 25 more jobs and the fast food place will be about 35 to 40."
With all the businesses together, the building will be about 55,000 square feet, up from the 40,000 originally planned in July.