Macon Grocery opens with new, familiar owners

By: 
JACKIE KOCH

The Boulevard Market owners John and Erika Aylward open second store in Macon. Photo by Jim Lincoln.

A small store in Macon Township, an area with a population of less than 1,500, has a big history and an even bigger popularity. Macon Grocery, in a building once owned by automaker Henry Ford, is getting a new start with owners Erika and John Aylward, who started The Boulevard Market in downtown Tecumseh 16 years ago.

The Aylwards closed on the building on February 28 and have completed minor renovations in order to bring out the historic nature of the store, said Erika. “At some point Ford owned the store, and as far as I know he really used it as a store for his employees out here,” she said. “He owned a fair bit of farmland, he built a mill, he owned a home out here, he owned the schoolhouse. He was pretty integral to the Macon area.”

Macon Grocery will open on Thursday, March 26 at 7 a.m. Regular hours are set to be from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. each day, but due to the current pandemic conditions in the state the hours are subject to change.

The store will offer coffee, cappuccino, breakfast sandwiches and more in the mornings, with special fresh entrees, salads and sandwiches all day. “I would say that what we’ve tried to create is a perfect crossroads between everyday essentials, heat-and-eat take-out food, and an old country store,” Erika said. “A place where you can go and maybe get unusual things like fresh popcorn, a barrel of pickles, candy sold by the pound, and you can still pick up your convenience things like drinks and chips.”

The Aylwards will keep a favorite sandwich that the grocery is known for, called the Macon Special, and will have a selection of everything from family-style entrees to vegan and vegetarian foods, local foods, and more. They will have daily specials, as well. They will also have a three-season farm stand outside the store from late spring through fall, which will offer local produce.

Erika and John’s daughter, Jamie, will be in charge of the store and the couple will also spend time there. Erika will be in charge of the food. “We live right in Macon,” she said. “So it was really important for us to preserve the community feel, offer people in this community a good food choice, and of course it is a big thoroughfare between Washtenaw County and Lenawee County. We want to make sure that people on their way to work or on their way home from work have some nice food and shopping options.”

Daily specials and updated information will be posted on the Macon Grocery Facebook page.

“We are super, super excited,” said Erika. “I know that people have been anticipating it and they were a little concerned that it would take a long time to open, and so we are excited to be able to open. Especially with everything that’s going on, the closer you can stay to home, at this point is appreciated.”
 

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