New Full-Service Grocery Store in Old Town First to Carry Zingerman’s “Bakehouse” Breads & Pastries

Chicago, IL (May 1, 2013) – Plum Market®, Old Town’s newest neighborhood grocer for natural, organic, local and specialty items, plans to bring a little piece of home to its newest location in Chicago – namely, Zingerman’s® Community of Businesses (ZCoB).

Known well for delivering fresh breads and pastries to retailers across Michigan, Zingerman’s Bakehouse is an energetic group of dedicated bakers committed to making and selling the best-tasting, traditionally made breads and pastries.  The Company purposefully limits their distribution to retailers within driving distance of its Ann Arbor headquarters.   Although the Company sells individual products out of state, their decision to partner with Plum Market in its new Chicago location, was based on Plum Market’s dedication to carry high-quality products.

“Plum asked us to come with them, and after in-depth discussions about how this could work and still maintain the quality of our traditionally-made breads and pastries, we agreed,” said Amy Emberling, a Zingerman’s Bakehouse Managing Partner.

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Zingerman’s to Chicago and committed to providing guests with the best local offerings,” said Matt Jonna, President & Co-Founder, Plum Market.  “99% of our baked goods are made locally and delivered fresh daily.”

In addition to Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Plum Market Old Town Chicago will offer:

  • Zingerman’s Creamery, specializing in traditional fresh, soft-ripened and raw cheeses, including the Company’s critically acclaimed Real Cream Cheese and award-winning hand-made gelato and sorbets
  • Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory, including their signature Zzang! ® Candy Bars: Zzang!® Original, Ca$hew Cow™, Wowza™ and What the Fudge? ®, as well as its hand made peanut brittle, fudge and special holiday treats

Along with full-service grocery accommodations and a high-quality selection of product at competitive prices, Plum Market features a vast eat-in and carryout assortment of foods made fresh daily.  The store’s beverage program will feature ongoing educational tasting events in its wine bar and an extensive selection of domestic and imported craft beers, premium and hard-to-find spirits and popular and boutique wines.  The  store also features an apothecary that houses a huge selection of vitamins and supplements, housewares, Green Living products, and all natural body care.

The new store is located at 1233 N. Wells Street in Old Town and officially opens to the public on June 13.  Daily hours are from 8:00am – 10:00pm.  Guests have access to free parking.

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About Plum Market®

Plum Market® offers a full-service shopping experience to inspire guests to live well, with taste.  The company is a privately owned company based in Farmington Hills, Michigan and has full-service grocery stores in Bloomfield Township, Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and West Bloomfield, Michigan. Matthew Jonna and Marc Jonna are third generation retailers who grew up working for their father’s store, Merchant of Vino Marketplace, a natural, organic, and specialty food and wine store with six locations across the Midwest.  The chain attracted significant attention from competitors and in 1998 Whole Foods Market acquired the company. Both Jonna’s continued to work with the Whole Foods Market executive leadership team. Matt and Marc left Whole Foods Market to pursue developing a new grocery concept, later to become Plum Market with the first store location opening in 2007.

About Zingerman’s® Community of Businesses

The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (ZCoB) is a family of eight businesses all located in the Ann Arbor area and reflects the novel strategy for business growth created by Zingerman’s Deli founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig in 1982. Rather than replicating their deli through the franchise model, Paul and Ari instead chose to develop new, independent businesses, all rooted in the local community that work together as one organization. Each business is operated by one or more managing partners who share ownership and put their particular expertise to work in the day-to-day running of their business. The idea for the ZCoB was laid out in Zingerman’s 2009 vision, written by Ari and Paul in 1994 and highlighted in Bo Burlingham’s 2003 article for Inc. Magazine, “The Coolest Small Company in America.” In 2006, the ZCoB managing partners began work on Zingerman’s 2020 vision. It was completed a year later and paints a picture of the ZCoB at the end of the next decade. Zingerman’s 2020 vision was featured in a New York Times article from June 2007, “The Corner Deli that Dared to Break Out of the Neighborhood.”

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