FLINT (WJRT) (1/12/18) - A once-popular chain of supermarkets is staging a comeback.
We could see a Hamady store open in Flint by the end of February.
Managers with Hamady say there will be about 60 full time jobs. In fact, a job fair is planned Jan. 17 at Flint's Sloan Museum from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those with supermarket experience, like meat cutters, are encouraged to apply.
"I think it's really thrilling and exciting to have Hamady back because Hamady was the hometown boy. It's time to bring the hometown boy home," said Jim McColgan Jr. of the Hamady organization.
A Hamady banner has been hung outside the store in the Hallwood Plaza on Pierson Road. It's the site of a former Kroger.
Workers are busy inside, getting the store ready. When Kroger vacated the building, many store shelves were left behind.
Those with the Hamady organization say they hope this is the first of four Hamady supermarkets. Sites in Durand, Grand Blanc and Clio are being considered.
Hamady will feature typical supermarket fare but also Made in Michigan beer and a dollar store section.They also want to make the store available to community groups for meetings.
"We are going to be very involved with the schools, the sports teams, arts team. We're going to be community involved. We're not going to be a grocery store. We're going to be a community store," McColgan said.
For decades Hamady was a popular supermarket chain in Mid-Michigan. There's even a Hamady sack on display in the Sloan Museum.
"What he's planning on doing for this community here is unbelievable. And I'm quite sure what he says he's going to be, he will do," said Jim McColgan Sr.