Patel Brothers plan to build new grocery store in Canton – Hometown Life

Patel Brothers, the U.S. based grocery chain focused on foods from India and the Middle East, is planning a new store in Canton.
The Canton Township Planning Commission recently reviewed a site plan for the 20,000 square-foot store proposed on a 2.6-acre parcel on the east side of Canton Center Road, between Ford and Hanford roads.
The site is the former location of the Canton Computers building, which will be demolished to make way for the new store if the plan is approved.
At the Jan. 11 planning commission meeting, Stephen Lechman, senior project manager for Partners in Architecture, said his firm was working on the new store in Canton, as well as others in Ohio, Georgia, Florida and Arizona.
“We’ve done a number of theses Patel Brothers stores around the country,” Lechman said. “(Patel Brothers) are very excited about getting into Canton. It’s a specialty grocery store, obviously, specializing in Indian foods. We’re excited to get this one going.”
No one at Raja Foods, Patel Brothers’ parent company in Chicago, was available to comment on the project.
Established in 1974, Patel Brothers operates 52 stores nationwide, including Michigan locations in Ann Arbor, Farmington Hills, Garden City and Troy.
According to the company’s website, its mission is to “bring the best ingredients from around the world, right to your doorstep. With a wide variety of authentic regional grocery and spice products, we strive to reconnect people with the familiar flavors of India.”
The planning commission approved the proposed site plan with conditions; before going to the Canton Township Board of Trustees for final approval, the company must remedy issues related to landscape and lighting plans, masonry and ensure construction of a two-way driveway.
It was not clear when the proposal would appear on an agenda for the board of trustees or when construction would begin if the plan is approved.
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