Bulk food store reopens after crash

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 26, 2016

 A section of the store is closed off for repairs to be made. Windows and wall need to be replaced at the store. Repairs are expected to take at least a month.

A section of the store is closed off for repairs to be made. Windows and wall need to be replaced at the store. Repairs are expected to take at least a month.

Photo by Kristyne Demske

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It wasn’t the first time someone crashed into the Bulk Food Marketplace on Harper Avenue, but Manager Nick Sand said it’s the worst amount of damage.

“It took out quite a bit. She hit the wall, which took out this window and the window on the opposite side,” he said of a crash the afternoon of Jan. 22. He said drivers have crashed into the store on at least four other occasions but usually just take out a window.

St. Clair Shores Traffic Sgt. Jenna Conrad said that the driver, a 76-year-old woman from Grosse Pointe Woods, “pulled into the parking lot at a high rate of speed and did not slow down and drove, basically, into the building.”

Although officers did not see any apparent injuries, the driver complained that she was hurt and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Conrad said there won’t be any charges filed against the woman.

“There’s no law that requires us to,” she said. “Given the age of her, it probably was something more where it was a true accident, nothing that we think was gross negligence.”

Sand said there were only two people in the store at the time; he was in the back room when the car crashed through the building around 5:30 p.m.. He said the driver seemed “in shock” after the incident, which took out a row of bulk candy.

The store, located at 21514 Harper Ave., closed Saturday and Sunday to clean up and board up the open areas, then reopened Monday morning. It was quite a big loss for the business, Sand said, since its Clinton Township location has been closed due to smoke damage since around Thanksgiving. That location is set to reopen soon.

It’s been a “bad stretch of luck,” he said.

He expected repairs to take at least a month and didn’t have an estimate of how much damage was caused. The store is back open during regular business hours.

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