Months After Owner’s Passing, Hudsonville’s Port 72 Receives Eviction Notice
This has been an emotionally trying summer for the good people at Port 72 Fresh Market in Hudsonville, MI. On July 14th, they suffered the loss of their founder and owner Rick. Today they revealed that after months of negotiations, because rent at their current location went up an astounding 50%, they're unable to continue renting their space at 7210 Port Sheldon St in Hudsonville, Michigan which has been around since 2010. In a Facebook post they expressed their appreciation for those who have supported them. Please continue to support until their final day on September 14th.
We are saddened to report that less than 2 weeks after Rick's passing, our landlords informed us that they were raising our rent by 50%, effective immediately. After many attempts at negotiation during this very difficult time, we were not able to reach an agreement. We cannot afford to stay with this increased rent and have just received an eviction notice. Unfortunately, we will be closing our doors as of September 14.Rick cared deeply about Port 72 and the community it served, and we were happy to carry on his legacy for a short time. We thank you for your business, your loyalty, and your friendship over these past 9+ years, and we are grateful to all of you for making Port 72 Fresh Market a huge success. It has been an incredible journey, and we couldn't have made it this far without you. We will miss all of you but hope to see you around the neighborhood! Please stop by before the 14th - we'd love to see you!
-The Port 72 Fresh Market Family
Here are just some of the positive memories shared by their supporters:
Connie Vandam- I am so sorry to hear this. Port 72 was a great place for meat and also free smiles and friendly service. It is sad to think how the love of money can fuel such changes. You will all be missed!
Cathy Langley-Headley -So bummed!! The meat and other items were always great. (Loved your cheesy garlic bread). Was never disappointed with anything I purchased, and the friendly service was genuine and appreciated because I am one who didn’t usually go in with a definite item in mind to buy. Will miss it. So sorry for all of you that this will also impact. Prayers
Jill Hodges-Middendorf- I am so very sad to hear this. I loved this place you had the best meat and were always so helpful and friendly.
Josie Rayman Dahl- This is just such sad news! I am so sorry to lose a family run Meat Market that has the best service, best quality meat, reasonable prices and such a great staff. This leaves the friends we made having to find new employment! It truly sucks!
Teresa Wind Koeman- This is just so so sad. We try to buy local as much as possible. Port 72 has the best bacon, chicken and so much more. I really hope it works to relocate but if not wishing you all the best and thank you for all the years you you were open.
Adam Rowe- I really enjoyed my time working there. I was privileged to work with some great people, and am greatly saddened that they are being forced to close shop.