Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Historic market sold

by Kathy Ryan Staff Writer

October 31, 2013

Grosse Pointe Park — The little grocery store that has anchored the neighborhood “below Jefferson” in Grosse Pointe Park for more than 100 years has been sold.

Fairfax Market was recently purchased by the city of Grosse Pointe Park, and as of now, its future is a bit uncertain.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do with it,” Mayor Palmer Heenan said at the Oct. 28 city council meeting. “But I think it’s a good idea for the city to have control of the property.”

According to city administrator Dale Krajniak, the city paid $350,000 for the building, payable over seven years.

The little market, located at the corner of Fairfax and Beaconsfield, has been in business for more than 100 years and its current owner, Gus Koupparis, wanted to retire.

The market will remain open for at least the next three months, but there is no definitive plan for beyond that time.

Heenan said the city was concerned when the owner of the now closed Art’s Party Store on Kercheval expressed interest in buying Fairfax.

“He brought in a clientele you don’t want for that area,” Heenan said. “We felt we needed to protect residents from another Art’s Party Store.”

Council member Greg Theokas said concerns over relaxed licensing regulations for party stores prompted the purchase.

“We wouldn’t have control over who would go in there, and you could have an active party store situation with carts being left all over the neighborhood.”

Theokas said tearing the building down and building a parking lot was one option the city was exploring.

Council member Dan Clark also spoke in favor of the purchase.

“We acquire property so we have direct control,” he said. “We can’t leave it to chance or the market.”