A much needed grocery store for those that live on the west side of Grand Rapids, and/or in the downtown area, will be open next year.

WZZM says on Monday, Meijer broke ground on the new space where they will be building the hometown market, called Bridge Street Market. The store will be located at the corner of Bridge and Seward Ave.

Meijer's CEO stated that this is a "unique store" for the chain. Normally Meijer stores are around 200K square-feet while this local market will be around 37,000 sq. feet. This first-of-its-kind grocery store will focus solely on food, which means you won't find 'general merchandise' items (home improvement/decor, toys, electronics, etc.) like you normally would see on Meijer shelves.

Bridge Street Market is expected to open by early fall of 2018.

Courtesy of WZZM