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North Bluff Grocery has new owners

Courtesy photo The current and former owners of North Bluff Grocery in Gladstone, along with members of Ambassadors of Delta County and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the business on Friday, Oct. 16.

GLADSTONE — The current and former owners of North Bluff Grocery in Gladstone, along with members of Ambassadors of Delta County and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, came together to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the business on Friday, Oct. 16. Brothers Chris and Craig Carter, who also own Sav-Mor IGA in Escanaba, took ownership of North Bluff Grocery last month.

North Bluff Grocery offers fuel pumps; a full deli; and a wide selection of beer, wine, and liquor, among many other items. The business had been in the Vanderlinden family since it opened on Nov. 5, 1977; David Vanderlinden and his wife Tina took over the business in June 1989.

However, about five years ago, David and Tina started to step away from the business as they planned the next chapter of their lives.

According to Craig, buying North Bluff Grocery made sense for him and his brother, as they were looking to grow their business operations. “It’s a good location, and we wanted to expand out of Escanaba into this area as well,” he said.

Chris said he and Craig are looking forward to continuing the business the Vanderlinden family built.

“It’s a good feeling — we’re excited. We’ve got a lot of ideas to add to their ideas,” he said.

David was confident in the grocery’s new owners. “We’re happy the Carters took interest, and that a local family’s taking it to the next level. We know they’ll do well,” he said.

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